Phishing is still one of the biggest threats that users face on the Internet these days. Many security programs and web browsers offer phishing protection but these only catch the known phishing attacks which means that users still have to cope with the unknown attacks until they are identified by the applications.
Avira has published their January statistics of the most phished brands. This information can be helpful to identify or avoid services that are targeted the most by phishing attacks.
Most of the phishing attacks are carried out against financial services and sites. The only non-financial service in the top 16 list is Facebook.
The phishing list is tipped by PayPal which was the target of the phishing attack in 61.89% of all cases followed by HSBC Bank with 8.59% and Bank of America with 6.09% of all attacks.
Other companies in the list include Ebay, Abbey Bank, Chase Bank, Banco Poste Italiane, Alliance Leicester, Western Union and Citibank.
It is obviously not always possible to switch a company or service based on the phishing statistics but it should warn users that use these brands to be very cautious when they receive emails that seem to come from those companies. (via Avira)
Continua a leggere – Original Link: Avira Most Phished Brands January 2010