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Surprising Phishing Statistics

I was reading the Freakonomics blog [3] (if you liked the book, you’ll love the blog, it has a lot of good stuff on it) when Stephen Dubner mentioned a report put out by CipherTrust [4], a security management firm. They studied the first two weeks of October and saw that all phishing attacks originated from less than five zombie networks (computers taken over by spyware/malware/backdoors/etc and send out these emails likely without the owner’s knowledge). Less than five!

Remember, if a bank or Paypal or financial institution ever unexpectedly contacts you via email, never click on a link in that email no matter how genuine it looks. If it were really urgent, they’d call you (they have your phone number) and if it’s not urgent, you can call them.