Menu
Facebook users still an irresistible target for phishing attackers, says Kaspersky

Facebook users still an irresistible target for phishing attackers, says Kaspersky

Still constitute 1 in 10 of all attacks of this type blocked by the firm's security software

Phishing attacks from inside Facebook have fallen back from the historic peak of 2013 but still constitute 1 in 10 of all attacks of this type blocked by Kaspersky's security software, the firm has reported.

The firm's latest analysis compares the figures for Q1 2014, which show blocks running at just under 11 per cent, putting it behind the Yahoo, now the main source. That compares with the Facebook average of 22 per cent of blocks for the whole of 2013, which means blocks have halved since last year.

The volume of attacks for users running Kaspersky was now around 20,000 per day, with a one-week surge in early 2014 reaching 120,000 per day. This sounds small next to the 1.2 billion Facebook accounts but this is only one security firm's measurement - anyone using another security product or nothing at all will obviously not show up.

As it happens, most blocks - up to 7500 - happened in the US, followed distantly by Germany and Canada; Russia barely reached the 1000 per day level although we should factor in the number of users Kaspersky has in each of these markets as well as Facebook's relative popularity.

It is also the case that users in some countries are more or less likely to follow a suspect link, triggering the protection. According to Kaspersky, around one in five users in India (as a percentage of its user base there) followed Facebook phishing links, compared to one in ten in the US and an extraordinarly low one or two in a hundred in Russia.

As has been the case for some time, most phishing message come from bogus accounts set up by criminals, sometimes containing threats that accounts will be blocked if users don't enter their credentials. Compromised user accounts are another tactic, which makes them incredibly difficult to filter.

"Fraudsters often lure their victims by promising them interesting content. When users follow the link provided, they land on a fake login page that contains a standard message asking them to log in before viewing the page," said Kaspersky Lab Web content analyst, Nadezhda Demidova.

"If users don't become suspicious and enter their credentials, their data will immediately be dispatched to cybercriminals."

The pattern of targeting social networks is long-established but Facebook remains top of the list because once inside its virtual walls, users quickly seem to become permissive about what they will click on. It's also a global platform so criminals can re-use the same strategies and tricks over and over.

Facebook has tried to fight back, only a week ago passing information to police in Greece who arrested two individuals accused of being involved with the Lecpetex Litecoin botnet spamming campaign. This is only one of a clutch that target the social media site.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags YahooPersonal TechsecurityFacebook

Slideshows

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Reseller News looks back on a tumultuous 12 months for the New Zealand channel, assessing the fallout from a year of sizeable industry change. Whether it be local or global mergers and acquisitions, distribution deals or job changes, the channel that started the year differs somewhat to the one set to finish it - Reseller News assesses the key moments that made 2016.​

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016
​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise honoured its top performing Kiwi partners at the second running of its HPE Partner Awards in New Zealand, held at a glitzy ceremony in Auckland. Recognising excellence across eight categories - from distributors to resellers - the tech giant celebrated its first year as a standalone company, following its official split from HP in 2015.

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel
Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix recently took to the seas for a Christmas Cruise around Sydney Harbour with its Australia and New Zealand staff, customers and partners to celebrate a stellar year for the vendor. With the sun out, they were all smiles and mingled over drinks and food.

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise
Show Comments