Over 20 Percent of Phishing Attacks Target Financial Institutions

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According to a Kaspersky report entitled The Evolution of Phishing Attacks: 2011-2013 [PDF file], 20.64 percent of phishing attacks between May 2012 and April 2013 targeted users of banks and other credit card and financial institutions.

The report, which is based on data collected from the cloud-based Kaspersky Security Network, which includes more than 60 million participants worldwide, also found that 37.3 million users worldwide were subjected to phishing attacks in 2012-2013 -- up 87 percent from 2011-2012.

The attacks, according to the report, were most frequently launched from the U.S., the UK, Germany, Russia and India, and most frequently targeted users in Russia, the U.S., India, Vietnam and the UK.

"It's no surprise that banking and financial institutions have increasingly attracted unwanted criminal attention," Dmitry Bestuzhev, head of the global research and analysis team at Kaspersky Lab Latin America, said in a statement. "When attacking banks and its users, cybercriminals go right to the money -- their main motivation. They can now successfully attack users by creating fake online banking service pages and online storefronts in order to obtain personal data from consumers."