Phishing On the Rise

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Phishing attacks grew 28 percent from May 2004 to May 2005.

About 73 million adult e-mail users reported more than 50 phishing e-mails during the 12-month period.

2.42 million adults reported losing money because of phishing attacks.

Since May 2003, nearly 11 million recipients of phishing e-mail clicked on the links. Of those, 1.8 million recalled filling out the information requested.

Victims said their banks and credit card companies took the biggest hits. Victims recovered 87 percent of their funds.

Major U.S. Internet service providers reported 150 to 200 uniquely identifiable phishing attacks against their brands.

Pay Pal and eBay are the top spoofed sites. Citibank is the primary bank target for phishing scams.

SOURCE: Gartner Inc.

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