Phishing Attacks on Facebook Increased in June – Google+ May Be the Next Target

According to the latest spam report from Kaspersky Lab there was a significant increase in the amount of phishing attacks on Facebook, as well as other social networking sites such as Habbo in June. The increase was marked at 4.07 and 6.25 per cent respectively, pushing these sites to third and fourth places in the list of organizations attacked most.

The experts at Kaspersky Lab also predict a surge in spam linked to Google+ after recent signs that spammers have begun exploiting the growing interest in the new social network.

There was a slight decrease in the amount of malware blocked in mail traffic in June. Malicious files were found in 3.8 per cent of all emails, a decrease of 0.3 per cent compared with the previous month. There were no major changes to the Top 10 countries where mail antivirus detected malware most frequently. Italy moved up from sixth to fourth place following an increase of 1.5 per cent.

Trojan-Spy.HTML.Fraud.gen still occupied first place among the Top 10 malicious programs distributed via mail traffic.

[advt]Statistics show that almost a third of all English-language spam was fraudulent and was either sent with the intention of extorting money from users or contained a malicious attachment or link to malicious code. Pharmaceutical spam was the second most popular category. Offers of quick earnings and dubious personal loans, various goods and services along with fake designer goods were among the other most prominent categories of spam in June.

Maria Namestnikova, Senior Spam Analyst at Kaspersky Lab said,

“We expect an increase in unsolicited emails exploiting the new Google social network. They will most likely contain both phishing links and malicious code”.



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