PayPal, Ebay focus of phising scams

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PayPal, Ebay focus of phising scams

PayPal and Ebay users are copping the brunt of the current storm of phising emails according to Sophos.

PayPal and Ebay users are copping the brunt of the current storm of phising emails according to Sophos.

In recent analysis the security vendor found that over 75 percent of all phishing scams this year have been targeted at users of Ebay and PayPal.

PayPal users have been most at risk, Sophos said, with a whopping 54.3 percent of all phishing scams being targeted at them. Ebay users, ins second place, still received a sizable 20.9 percent of all phishing attacks.

Sophos senior technology consultant Graham Cluley said that Ebay and PayPal’s global popularity was working against them.

“Although bank customers do also suffer from phishing attacks, they tend to be less likely to have the global reach that these net giants have," he said. "PayPal and Ebay have worked hard to educate and protect their customers from these kind of attacks, but the best solution is for computer users to be savvier about securing their identity in the first place, and think before they click."

Sophos said that its boffins had also discovered that some 58 percent of people received at least one phishing email every day.

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