Phishing Up 14%

Today, IID released its Q4 2010 eCrime Trends Report.  According to IID, phishing increased in Q4 2010 increased 14% over Q4 2009.  Of particular note was the increase of phishing in the gaming sector – phishing increased 489%!  IID suggests that the high value of virtual gaming goods which are controlled by consumers makes the phishing of gamers particularly lucrative for cybercriminals.  This is IID’s breakdown of phishing attacks by target industry:

 Phishing by sector

The IID report discussed the launch of the “Stop. Think. Connect.” public awareness campaign of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) in partnership with the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).  This campaign is intended to educate the public about online threats.  This RSA video exemplifies the core limitation  of “Stop. Think. Connect.”   As an email recipient, you have very limited information upon which to apply the “Think” step.  Is an email Christmas Card from the President too good to be true?  Government officials around the world, including those at the United States National Science Foundation’s Office of Cyberinfrastructure (the agency that issues grants for the development of state-of-the-art supercomputers and other high-end development) were fooled by a fake email pretending to be from the President.  On the other hand, experts at WOW Insider thought that a real email warning was fake and advised their subscribers to ignore a real security message.

Distinguishing real email from fake email is hard.  Unless you have the right tool.  Can you find the real email from the President?

real obama email

Know Who.  No Doubt.  Use eMail ID.


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