Apple Users See 246 Percent Spike in Phishing Scams
— CYREN publishes its latest Internet Threats Trend Report
MCLEAN, Virginia, Oct. 28, 2014 – CYREN (NASDAQ: CYRN) today published its Q3 2014 Internet Threats Trend Report. CYREN analysts report that phishing scams targeting Apple users saw a dramatic upswing in Q3 of this year. Compared to Q1 2014, Apple users faced a 246% increase in the attacks that masquerade as a trustworthy entity in order to obtain sensitive user information.
Following the recent news of the Apple-based hack into celebrity accounts, CYREN reported that its quarterly analytics indicated more than 7,000 new Apple phishing sites during the week of the celebrity hack news.
The report illustrates how the threat was intensified by Apple initiating new email alerts shortly after news of the celebrity attacks. The legitimate Apple emails informed users that their Apple ID was used to sign into an iCloud account. However, this gave scammers the opportunity to imitate an official large-scale email campaign.
CYREN CTO Lior Kohavi, stated in the report: “If there is one thing the celebrity phishing-photo scandal taught us, it’s that Apple users are a significant target for scams and hacking. While the iOS and OSX operating systems still remain relatively safe, more and more individuals globally are buying Apple devices and using Apple services, which could account (in part) for the increased targeting of Apple users… And, phishing attacks are at least three times more likely to be successful on a smart phone than on a desktop or laptop, mainly because telltale giveaways, such as fake links, logos, and email addresses, aren’t as easily visible on a small mobile phone screen.”
The CYREN Internet Threats Trend Report is based on a comprehensive analysis of billions of daily transactions handled by the CYREN GlobalView Cloud Platform.
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