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RSA estimates 2012 global losses from phishing at $1.5 bn

The overall trend in attack numbers showed a steady rise in volume throughout the year, reaching an all-time high in July with 59,406 attacks detected in a single month

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RSA, the Security Division of EMC announced the findings of its January 2013 Fraud Report, estimating the global losses from phishing at $1.5 bn in 2012. This is a 22% increase from 2011. The total number of phishing attacks in 2012 was 445,004 while in 2011 was 258,461. Total number of phishing attacks was 59% higher than 2011.

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The overall trend in attack numbers showed a steady rise in volume throughout the year, reaching an all-time high in July with 59,406 attacks detected in a single month.

RSA Global phishing forecast 2013:

Phishing via mobile

The most prominent market trends relevant to the mobile channel have to do with the growth in mobile device usage in personal and work life and pivotal role of mobile apps. RSA expects to see more phishing directed at smart phone users in 2013.

Phishing via Apps

Applications will become the center resource for smartphone users and the overall popularity of apps will become just as trendy with cybercriminals. According to Gartner, the number of app downloads will grow to over 185 bn by 2015. RSA anticipates cybercriminals will increasingly exploit mobile apps to target mobile users with phishing and other malicious content.

Phishing via Social Media

Data collected last year reveal that more than 50% of companies had Twitter, Facebook and Youtube accounts. With the world turning to a smaller and more ‘social' village than ever, cyber criminals are by no means staying behind. RSA expects to see more phishing attacks targeted on social networking sites rather than through traditional spam mail.

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