PHISHING FOR YOUR INFORMATION: A STORY ABOUT ONLINE PHISHING
- The number of phishing sites worldwide is growing between 100 and 200 new phishing sites emerge every day.
- In January 2007 one of the most recent notorious cases reported, 250 clients of a Swedish bank lost all together 850.000 EUR.
- 500 million phishing emails appear in user inboxes every day.
- #1 Work at home scams.
- #2 Weight loss claims.
- #3 Lotteries and sweepstakes.
- #4 Fake check scams.
- #5 Imposter scams.
- #6 Mystery shopper scams.
- #7 Bogus apartment rentals.
- #8 Miracle cures.
- #9 Debt relief scams.
- #10 Pay-in-advance credit offers.
- #11 Investment schemes.
- #12 The "Nigerian" email scam.
What to do when you receive a phishing email:
- Phishing is not typical for only the english speaking countries anymore.
- Use the latest version of Internet browsers with the latest safety updates.
- Learn to recognize e-mails used for phishing.
- Check the source of incoming messages.
- Don't click on links that seem like genuine links to your bank in e-mails.
- Check your bank statements regularly.
- Consider the safety of your computer system.
- Phishing attacks decreased 17% in August with 49.488 attacks identified by RSA. To date, the RSA Anti-Fraud Command center has shut down 721.165 cyber attacks.
- Phishing attacks in July increased 14% from June, marking yet another high of 59.406 attacks in a single month.
- Phishing increased considerably in June - marking a 37% rise with over 50.000 phishing attacks identified by RSA.
- If you aren't aware of the differences, mass phishing is an attacks where victims are randomly chosen. Spearphishing is a targeted attacks against a high value asset.
- In a mass phishing attacks, it is estimated that 3 percent of all emails are opened. Spearphishing attacks yield a 70 percent open rate because people trust the messenger.
- The value of the victims differ as well with a mass phishing victim being worth about $2000 whereas the victim of a spear phishing attack could net the attacker around $70.000.
- But spear phishing campaigns are more expensive to run, costing the attacker around $10.000 as opposed to $2.000 to manage a mass phishing campaign.
- As for the number people who fall victim to a phishing scam, mass phishing generally produces about 8 victims for every 100.000 targeted users.
- Spearphishing attacks generally yield 2 victims for every 1.000 targeted users.
- Overall, the attacker can expect a $150.000 profit from a spear phishing attack as opposed to netting $14.000 for a mass phishing campaign.
Click 4 Compliance: www.click4compliance.com | Sources: https://www.ip-rs.si/index.php?id=483; http://www.allspammadeup.com/2012/09/phishing-a-look-inside-the-statitics.