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Phishing Becomes New And Sophisticated

Scammers are using more sophisticated methods to design their phishing attacks. They usually start with e-mail that sounds official. The e-mails and websites they link to appear real but they are actually scams to seize users' personal info.

According to Siobhan McDermott of McAfee, 90% of recipients of phishing e-mails don't recognize them and proceed by submitting their information. Kttc published this on April 10, 2007.

An Internet user is always susceptible to cyber assaults. Therefore it is most essential they deploy the right tools that would protect them against hacking attacks and also help the cops to catch the criminals.

According to Internet security expert Dave Cole of Symantec, phishing crime is heading towards the worse. There has been a steady growth in phishing sophistication and its sheer volume has convinced attackers that their tactics work and so they continue to play fraud with users. Kttc published this on April 10, 2007.

Symantec's recent Internet Security Threat Report revealed that 66% of the most severe 50 threats found during the second half of 2006 put confidential information at risk. These threats, however, were more than those in the first six months of 2006 when threats exposing confidential data was only 48% of the highest 50 threats. This indicates that hackers and phishers are increasingly focusing their attacks on consumers' data stored on their PCs. Smbedge published this on April 10, 2007.

Risks on sensitive confidential information cause particular concern as criminals can potentially exploit them. While online shopping and Internet banking gets widespread, compromises of exposed credit card details or banking information can lead to significant monetary loss.

Phishing has changed over some years. Today attackers only want consumers' information. They don't use them directly; instead sell them to scammers of the underground world.

Phishers don't bother what happens to anyone's information. They are only concerned about collecting as much data as possible and make maximum money in the least possible time, according to Cole. Kttc published this on April 10, 2007.

Users should not click on links in suspicious e-mails. They should delete them immediately and alert their credit card companies.

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