Phishing attacks surge 87% over last year globally

Phishing attacks surge 87% over last year globally New Delhi: Thousands of Internet users have faced phishing attacks on a daily basis, a computer security company has revealed.

Kaspersky Lab said the number of Internet users who faced phishing attacks over the last 12 months jumped 87 percent to 37.3 million.

According to the Enterprise Innovation, Kaspersky Lab specialists compared data on phishing attacks from over 50 million Kaspersky Security Network users between May 1, 2012 and April 30, 2013 with figures for the equivalent period of 2011-2012.

Results show that in 2012-2013, 102,100 people worldwide each day were affected by phishing attacks , twice as many as in 2011-2012.

The survey showed that email is no longer the most common delivery mechanism for phishing emails.

Nearly 88 percent of attacks came from links to phishing pages which people followed while using a web browser, Skype, or otherwise interacting with the computer.

Vietnam, the United States, India and Germany have the greatest number of attacked users, and the total number of attacks in these regions has doubled since last year, the report added.

ANI