Phishing, popularly called scamming in Nigeria, is a worldwide phenomenon. It a fraudulent means of obtaining/stealing the personal account information, such as password and username, of victims especially through email.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Kaspersky Lab”]The proportion of attacks targeting telephone and Internet service providers fell by 0.1 percentage points leaving this category in fifth place in the rating. [/blockquote]
According to statistics released by Kaspersky Lab for the month of June, Email search sites, with 32.1 percent rating topped the rating of organizations most frequently attacked by phisers in June. It was a slight drop of 0.2 percentage points from the previous month.
Social networks came next, with 27.7 percent rating, an increase of 3.7 percentage points compared to May. Financial and payment organizations had 11.6 percent and Online stores 10.6 percent rating, representing 1.2 and 1.5 percentage points decrease respectively.
The proportion of attacks targeting telephone and Internet service providers fell by 0.1 percentage points leaving this category in fifth place in the rating.
Tatyana Shcherbakova, Anti-Spam Analyst, Kaspersky Lab says “in June, high-profile political and sporting events were used by scammers to trick users. In the run-up to the FIFA World Cup, a huge event for football fans, phishers were trying to obtain banking information from users by asking them to participate in the competition to win tickets. ‘Nigerian’ scammers again exploited the situation in Ukraine and asked for help to transfer non-existent millions.”