Phishing Attacks in May Jumped More Than 200 Percent

Jun 30, 2005

The phishing season is officially open. Phishing – using fraudulent emails to try to dupe recipients into revealing personal or financial information -- reached its highest level in May, according to IBM. The month Global Business Security Index saw phishing attacks increase 226 percent that month.

IBM security experts blame the rise in phishing attacks to burgeoning zombie botnets – networks of computers used to send spam and nefarious emails without their owners’ knowledge. The May report also found that more than 30 percent of emails contain some form of virus.

On the good news side, spam leveled off in May, although it still accounted for almost 70 percent of inbound email traffic.

"IT systems have become so crucial to today's business operations, work productivity, and customer service, that even a small disruption can have serious impact on business operations, and loss of data integrity or confidentiality can lose a customer base that took years to build," said Cal Slemp, vice president, security and privacy services, IBM Global Services. "Security is now something that companies can no longer afford to be without. IBM's approach offers companies a way to reduce overall business risk while helping them comply with legislations, regulations and build better business intelligence."

Source: IBM

Explore further: Why your laptop battery won't kill you

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Five ways to make your email safer in case of a hack attack

Dec 19, 2014

The Sony hack, the latest in a wave of company security breaches, exposed months of employee emails. Other hacks have given attackers access to sensitive information about a company and its customers, such as credit-card ...

Security experts doubt North Korea hacked Sony

Dec 03, 2014

Some cybersecurity experts say it is unlikely North Korea was behind the cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures' computers and possibly leaked unreleased movies online.

Microsoft beefs up security protection in Windows 10

Oct 25, 2014

What Microsoft users in business care deeply about—-a system architecture that supports efforts to get their work done efficiently; a work-centric menu to quickly access projects rather than weather readings ...

BYOD mobile attack prevention app uses machine learning

Jan 24, 2014

(Phys.org) —Mobile security company Zimperium is introducing attack-protection software for mobile devices and they have designed the product to go where other malware-sniffing apps might not. They aim ...

Recommended for you

Size matters: Phones as big as they can get for easy use

47 minutes ago

There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year. Samsung's runaway success with the big-screen smartphone even spurred Apple to release a supersized model last fall. But if phones get ...

Pleurobot is salamander-like robot with lifelike motion

57 minutes ago

A video showing "multimodal locomotion in a bioinspired robot" has been making the rounds, and the video demonstrates advances in robotics as scientific tools as well as potential robots for search and rescue ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.