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Phishing drops, but trojan attacks increase

31 August 2009 | Category: Software

It appears that there has been a drop in phishing attacks over the last year.

The latest security report from IBM suggests that hackers are now rethinking the effectiveness of phishing emails. Scammers send emails that at first glance look like a legitimate messages asking for security details from a bank or some other company, but are in fact rogue websites intent on capturing sensitive data that is then used for criminal activity.

The report also suggests that phishing attacks accounted for just 0.1 per cent of all spam email in the first six months of 2009, which is a massive decline on previous years. Security experts are claiming that the decline has been caused by reduced ineffectiveness of phishing as users become far more aware of the scams and both anti-spam and internet security software become better at detecting and filtering rogue websites.

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