Apple is the brand most likely to be targeted by phishing attacks, says report

Cyber criminals launching phishing attacks are most likely to target Apple, with nearly 18 per cent of emails trying to steal users’ account details with the technology giant.

The iPhone maker's popularity has made it a target for cyber criminals

The iPhone maker’s popularity has made it a target for cyber criminals

The Anti-Phishing Working Group’s (APWG) survey showed that the brands targeted by the perpetrators were hugely diverse, including targets like PayPal and Chinese store Taobao.

During the first half of 2014 the APWG reported more than 123,000 unique phishing attacks worldwide. This is the most it has seen in a period since the second half of 2009.

The attacks occurred on more than 87,000 unique domain names.

E-commerce was the most-targeted industry, with 32.4 per cent of attacks focusing on the area. This was followed by banking at 25.8 per cent, and social network and email at 23.1 per cent.

According to the APWG, Chinese phishers were responsible for 85 per cent of the domain names registered to carry out such attacks.

For more on the report, see the APWG website.

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