Saturday, November 2, 2013

1 in 5 phishing attacks target banks

 Every fifth phishing attack registered targets users of banks and other financial organisations. That figure emerged from research into the evolution of phishing threats carried out by security specialists.

According to the experts, 20.64% of all phishing threats registered between May 2012 and April 2013 were aimed at accounts of banks and other financial organisations worldwide.

The data received is indirectly confirmed by the banks: according to the results of a global survey conducted in 2013 by B2B International, about 37% of all banks surveyed were affected by phishing attacks at least once over the previous 12 months.

It is no surprise that banking and e-commerce has attracted unwanted criminal attention: even a successful attack on search pages, social networks or email can only yield personal data. To turn a profit, cybercriminals must find buyers for this information. However, successfully using fake online banking or shopping pages leads directly to earnings for the scammers.

However, despite the widespread dangers of phishing attacks, simply installing a security product with the necessary functionality to protect financial operations will protect even the most inexperienced users when conducting transactions online.

Safe Money technology – safe online banking and shopping:
ESET's products for home users – ESET Smart Security and ESET NOD32 Antivirus – protect online financial operations by implementing our Safe Money technology. A key feature of the technology is that it was developed based on analysis of the techniques used by fraudsters to attack users of online banking services and online stores.

Among its arsenal of protection technologies, Safe Money includes advanced anti-phishing features: for example, the technology prevents the execution of any potentially dangerous code in the browser, thus protecting the user against XSS attacks and attempts to automatically download malware from an infected site. Additionally, the technology checks that users are entering legitimate sites, thanks to its constantly updated database of trusted websites and phishing URLs. At the same time, the heuristic mechanisms integrated in ESET products can effectively detect malicious links even if they are not included in the database.

Protect your digital world with ESET technology.

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