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Kaspersky Lab Study: About One Third of All Phishing Attacks Aimed at Online Financial Institutions
|By Business Wire
|April 2, 2014 11:29 AM EDT
Lab today released results from the study, Financial
Cyber Threats in 2013, which found that about one third (31.45
percent) of phishing attacks targeted online financial institutions
including, banks, online stores and e-payment systems. Of those
financial phishing attacks, 70.6 percent used fake bank webpages to
acquire confidential user information and steal money from bank
accounts, showing the strong trend of cyber criminals exploiting online
Phishing is a fraudulent scheme used by cybercriminals to obtain
confidential consumer data with the help of fake webpages imitating
Internet resources. According to the study, in 2013 alone Kaspersky Lab
products protected about 39.6 million users from this cyber threat, an
increase of 2.32 percent from 2012.
Phishing sites aimed at stealing consumers personal financial data
mainly use the brand names of popular banking services. In 2013, the
most popular phishing attacks used fake bank websites, which were
involved in twice as many attacks in 2013 as they were in 2012. Within
the 70.6 percent of phishing attacks using banks in 2013, about 60
percent exploited the names of just 25 organizations.
In addition, cybercriminals use the brand names of major companies with
large client databases as a way to easily lure consumers to a fake
website. Among attacks on e-payment systems, almost 90 percent of
phishing attacks in this category fell on one of five international
brands: PayPal, American Express, MasterCard International, Visa or
Western Union. PayPal was the leading brand exploited, as the amount of
attacks on this system reached 44.12 percent.
The report also shows how cybercriminals exploit the names of online
stores in phishing scams. For several years in a row, Amazon.com has
been the most popular - over the reported period, Amazon was used in 61
percent of phishing attacks in this category. Other brands that were
used, included Apple (12.89 percent) and eBay (12 percent).
The standard anti-phishing features in Kaspersky
Lab security solutions for home users and small businesses are
supplemented with Safe Money technology that protects
user data during online banking or payment sessions. The
effectiveness of this technology is confirmed by special trials carried
out by independent test labs such as AV-TEST, MRG Effitas and Matousec.
The ‘Financial Cyber Threats in 2013’ report used data obtained
voluntarily from Kaspersky Security Network participants. Kaspersky
Security Network is a globally distributed cloud-based infrastructure
designed to quickly process depersonalized data about threats which
users of Kaspersky Lab’s products encounter. Statistics about phishing
attacks were obtained based on Kaspersky Lab web anti-phishing
Sergey Lozhkin, Senior Security Researcher
“Phishing attacks are so popular because they are simple to deploy and
extremely effective. It is often not easy for even advanced Internet
users to distinguish a well-designed fraudulent site from a legitimate
page, which makes it even more important to install a specialized
protection solution. In addition, phishing causes reputational and
financial damage to organizations that see their brands exploited in
About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of
endpoint protection solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s
top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users*. Throughout
its more than 16-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in
IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for large
enterprises, SMBs and consumers. Kaspersky Lab, with its holding company
registered in the United Kingdom, currently operates in almost 200
countries and territories across the globe, providing protection for
over 300 million users worldwide. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.
* The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint
Security Revenue by Vendor, 2011. The rating was published in the IDC
report "Worldwide Endpoint Security 2012–2016 Forecast and 2011 Vendor
Shares (IDC #235930, July 2012). The report ranked software vendors
according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2011.
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