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CyberSecurity Malaysia Cautions People of Phishing Bank Websites

CyberSecurity Malaysia have cautioned people to be watchful of fake or phishing websites used to carry out 'phishing attack' by disguising as reliable entities like familiar banking websites.

In this particular scam, cybercriminal mainly attempts to convince users to visit falsified banking websites. Usually, Internet users are persuaded by using e-mails that are so well written that users click onto a link which would redirect them to a phishing or fake website.

Notably, this latest alert or reminder from CyberSecurity Malaysia comes as miscreants are shifting their activities to cyber space and as more and more people are now using Internet. Indeed, the agency disclosed that phishing attacks are increasing and accelerating.

Worryingly, in Q1 2010, Cyber999 Help Centre of CyberSecurity Malaysia registered 143 cases wherein phishing websites targeted Internet banking websites in the country.

The agency asserted that the online users must know that as far as Internet Banking is concerned, banks never carry out online maintenance for their customers. It also noted that it is the customers and not the bank that fall prey to phishing scams.

For example, an e-banking scam victim from Malaysia recently told recently cited his unfortunate story. His money was deceptively transferred to some place in Romania. The victim also said that though online banking is convenient, it is very likely for unwary users, as in his case, to for fall for phishing scams. This is because the perpetrators behind such scams are quite brilliant, tech-savvy people. Websites designed by them exactly imitates the original websites.

The abovementioned example is not the only case and several other similar cases have been reported to CyberSecurity Malaysia.As stated by the agency, while it might not be possible for it to put a complete halt on the occurrence of such incidences, the Internet users can at least defend themselves if they gain know-how of cyber best practices, and take safety measures while browsing the Internet.

In case anyone receives a link to phishing sites or a phishing e-mail, he/she can immediately send it to Cyber999 Help Centre for further investigations.

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