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Facebook Eclipses eBay For Phishing Attacks

Kaspersky Lab UK : 03 September, 2010  (Technical Article)
Report from Kaspersky Labs indicates that the social networking site Facebook now takes second place after PayPal for being the target of phishing fraud attempts
Facebook Eclipses eBay For Phishing Attacks
Facebook has pushed eBay off its second place position in the list of organisations most often attacked by phishers according to Kaspersky Lab, who has just published its monthly report on spammer activity for July 2010.

According to the report, Facebook accounted for 12.81% of phishing messages, more than three times as much as in the previous month. The e-commerce business PayPal remained in first place after being targeted by over half (53.48%) of all phishing attacks.

The USA and India maintained their leading positions as the most popular sources of spam, distributing 1.5 times as much spam compared to June (17.2% and 9% respectively). Europe caused the most noticeable change in July's rating with the UK, Germany and Italy all making it into the Top 10. The total volume of spam originating from their combined territories increased by 50 percentage points compared with the previous month.
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