62pc PC users cannot recognise phishing mails
Dubai, November 3, 2012
Sixty-two per cent of PC users in the Middle East region claimed they are incapable of recognising a phishing message or a forged website, according to a survey conducted by O+K Research at the request of Kaspersky Lab.
The standard data theft method is social engineering, where a potential victim is lured onto an infected web-page or is duped into opening a file attached to an e-mail.
The overwhelming majority of phishing messages are delivered through e-mail or social networks, the survey showed.
The research showed that 80 per cent of PC users check their e-mails regularly, 81 per cent communicate in social networks, and 54 per cent of users chat on the internet regularly with their smartphones.
Cybercriminals who use phishing as a tool to steal data are primarily interested in gaining unauthorised access to social network accounts, accounts in online banking and payment systems, and e-shops.
In June, 68 per cent of phishing messages related to such services were targeted at data theft, according to Kaspersky Lab.
The results give indirect evidence that the mass messaging method bears fruit: about half of the O+K Research respondents noticed they have already encountered suspicious correspondence in social networks or e-mail.
Thus, 43 per cent of PC users in the region got a message with a suspicious link or an attachment, and 27 per cent of respondents got letters on the name of a bank (social network or another service) with a request for confidential information.
Moreover 35 per cent of PC users in the GCC admitted that their computers had been infected as a result of opening an attachment to a letter, and 14 per cent of respondents had entered personal or financial data at suspicious pages.
When fighting against fake and infected messages and web-sites, instead of relying upon your own efforts it is better to use specific solutions, a statement from Kaspersky Lab said.
The new Safe Money technology, presented as a part of Kaspersky Internet Security 2013, helps to detect and block attempts to steal sensitive data via phishing web-pages and malware linked to online shopping or banking services.
A high percentage of users fell victims of mobile devices’ phishing, 25 per cent of tablet users and 20 per cent of smartphone owners received correspondence with suspicious links and attachments in the GCC. While 13 per cent and 13 per cent respectively had letters on behalf of a bank or social network. – TradeArabia News Service