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Japan Recorded 2.9 Million People Tricked to Fake Websites Via Phishing Emails


Today the most effective and popular way for the hackers to get an access to sensitive data and systems and servers is through phishing attack. This has become so frequent that as per a report by one of the renowned internet security firm, Japan has recorded 2.9 Million people getting re-directed via phishing emails towards fake websites in first half of 2018. These fake sites are designed especially for stealing sensitive information.


A report released by Trend Micro Inc. revealed that increasing attempts are being made to steal information related to the accounts that are used for either communication or shopping or other such services run by major firms like Amazon.com Inc., Line Corp., Apple Inc. and Rakuten Inc.


Trend Micro Inc. has been maintaining records of the number of times its users are being blocked when they tried to access fraudulent websites, since 2014. In second half of 2014, the number of people recorded to have accessed fake websites was 1.36 Million. Though, the figure came down to near about 1 Million and has been revolving around the same figure since then, it experienced a sudden rise in the period between January and June of this year (i.e. 2.9 Million), which is almost three times as compared with the figures recorded in the second half of 2017, as per the company.


Trend Micro reported 27 massive attack cases of phishing emails. It also stated that out of those 27 cases, 13 cases are those where the hackers tried to steal information, like credit card details through malicious website links, in order to get an access to users' personal accounts.


People are advised that in order to spot phishing emails, one should look for things such as text having grammatical and typographical errors, an appeal made for an immediate response, or any request received to submit personal information. As per Trend Micro's Katsuyuki Okamoto, "if people receive emails that call for entering credit card or account information, they should check once again to make sure if they are authentic".


So, if anyone has a doubt in an email they have received, they should call the company to verify. Also, one should never use the phone number provided in the email -- rather they should look it up on their own. The best way is to install software that can block phishing emails as soon as they received them.

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