Phishing impersonating email service providers spikes

By | May 14, 2012

Source: Help Net Security

In this article “Phishing attacks impersonating email service providers increased 333 percent from Q4 2011 to Q1 2012. IID attributes this spike to spammers needing unsullied email addresses since many major spamming botnets have been shut down, and Internet service providers have become more successful at identifying and blocking email from botnets and other known spam sources.
During the first quarter of 2012, spammers increasingly tried to hijack “good” email addresses at large webmail services by impersonating those email service providers and phishing for email account login credentials.”

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