Researchers at Kaspersky Lab have documented a drastic increase in the number of web users who have been “subjected” to phishing attacks over the past year, according to a new report.
The Moscow-headquartered security firm found that 37.3 million people faced the prospect of being phished in 2012 to present day, an 87 percent increase over the same period between 2011 and 2012.
In its “The Evolution of Phishing Attacks” study, Kaspersky Lab studied threats faced by roughly 50 million customers running its security products.
For several years, Kaspersky researchers have been warning that phishing is the preferred method of online criminals to steal information and foist malware – almost always with the goal to profit – but the mechanisms to automate the process are becoming even more rapidly automated and commercialized with each passing year.
“The nature of phishing attacks is such that the simplest…
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