Phising: The Bigger Picture
When we hear the word phising, what typically comes to mind is malicious activity by cybercriminals related to banking. Phising is a deceptive technique used to obtain credentials from a third party; a malicious attempt at gaining information such as passwords, usernames and credit card details with the ultimate aim at making monetary gains. Cybercriminals may claim to pertain to popular social web sites such as Facebook and Twitter, or perhaps auction sites and online payment processors, in an attempt to deceive the average user into dishing out sensitive information.
With the increased popularity of online games, the average home user can these days still be the target of phising, even if banking information is kept secure. The VikingPC research team reported that phising activity is on the increase in the gaming sector and attempts to steal in-game money are alarmingly high. Since a phise is not obliged to deliver its promises, cybercriminals can promise anything to lure the average user in. In the first screen shot below, the phise is offering two free games. In the second screen shot below, the phise is telling the average home user that his account has been suspended and that it can be saved by ‘verifying’ his information.
Shockingly, phishing has become so popular, that our team even discovered popular service sites that offer one-size-fits-all, readily made phising landing pages, with additional phising forums. With this plug-and-play method, the phise simply enters some information, and then starts spreading the URL to the phising webpage. Stolen data is then stored in the created phising account and used for malicious purposes that go against data protection acts. See screen shots below.
Phising is on the increase, and with the increasing popularity of gaming, there dangers are on the increase too. Attempts to deal with the growing number of reported phishing incidents include updated law and legislation, user manuals, providing basic and advanced training, awareness campaigns, and various security measures such as antimalware and email address authentication. Specialized spam filters too, nowadays, are useful, powerful mechanisms that have drastically reduced the number of emails that make it to an average user’s inbox.
Author’s Bio: Article written by Eman Pulis. Provided by VikingPC – cloud antimalware.