Thursday, October 18, 2007

Phishers ease up on eBay, Paypal but move on to other sites

MANILA, Philippines -- The good news: Hackers have eased on phishing activities targeted at eBay and PayPal users. The bad news: They're looking for lesser-known websites to victimize.

Phishing is an attempt to criminally acquire sensitive user information on the Internet.

Data from antivirus firm Sophos shows 21 percent of total phishing email detected by its SophosLabs in September pretended to come from PayPal or its parent firm eBay. These are normally “spoof” or bogus email that trick users into giving their account details. Sophos said this was a “dramatic” reduction from a year ago, when 85 percent of these bogus messages claimed to be from eBay or PayPal.

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