‘PHISHING’ SCAMS EXPLODE WORLDWIDE

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WASHINGTON: Those insidious email scams known as phishing, in which a hacker uses a disguised address to get an Internet user to install malware, rose 87 percent worldwide in the past year, a security firm said on Friday. These schemes affected some 37.3 million users around in the 12 months to April 30, according to a report by the Russian-based security firm Kaspersky. “The number of fraudulent websites and servers used in attacks has more than tripled since 2012, and more than 50 percent of the total number of individual targets were fake copies of the websites of banks and other credit and financial organizations,” Kaspersky said. The attackers often use emails purportedly from trusted organizations—Yahoo!, Google, Facebook and Amazon are top targets, according to the report.

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