Phishers turning to bigger pools of victims

Security researchers report a dramatic decrease of phishing emails targeting PayPal and eBay customers.
A research conducted by Sophos Labs says that in September 2006 almost 9 out of 10 phishing emails were trying to steal information from eBay and PayPal users, and now it’s 1 in 5, which is an impressive turnaround. Sophos informs that this is partly because of the efforts the firms have made in customer education on how to protect themselves, but mostly because phishers are simply turning to a bigger pool of potential victims, that is a wider range of online companies such as smaller CC unions, online retailers and firms of other geographic regions.


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