Report highlights rise in phishing attacks

Report highlights rise in phishing attacks

There has been a rise in phishing attacks against Brits, according to new findings.

Figures published by the City of London Police revealed that phishing scams grew to nearly 96,000 between November 2014 and October 2015.

This represents a 21 per cent rise in attacks. The police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau conducted the analysis as part of Get Safe Online's Think Twice Before You Act campaign.

The vast majority (80 per cent) of all attacks were delivered by email, according to the study.

Figures published by the police showed that 12 per cent of attacks were delivered by phone calls, while text messages, mobile phone calls and scams by post jointly occupied the remaining ten per cent.

Speaking about the findings, Raj Samani, CTO for Intel Security, said: "It's extremely worrying that the number of phishing victims has risen by 21 per cent. Yet, sadly, it isn't all too surprising. Cyber criminals are becoming increasingly savvy and [it is] important consumers understand this threat is very much a reality."

Some phishing scams featured suspended or blocked bank accounts and credit cards, while others contained false attachments.

The figures also showed that nearly 20 per cent of the scam emails asked for a reply and 15 per cent asked for personal information.

A -third contained a potentially malicious link, but the research found that this type of phishing email is in decline.

Mr Samani, said: "Brits must ... be wary of unexpected emails, even if they are cited as being from a brand they are familiar with. Think twice before acting, calling up your bank directly if you're concerned about anything before taking action. We have to make sure we stay one step ahead of the cyber criminals and caution is the best way forward here."

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