Apple the Sole Global Brand Getting ‘Phished’ Most Frequently
APWG recently conducted a survey according to which, phishing attacks are targeted on Apple as the sole brand with the maximum number of incidences globally. phishing is the hacking technique which tries to so dupe Internauts that they would willingly disclose their credentials to the cyber-thieves.
APWG estimates, Apple (creator of iPhone) was targeted in 17% of the reported incidences after which the always-preferred target PayPal got attacked followed with Alibaba's property Taobao a Chinese Internet shopping-store. Experts have been scrutinizing Apple for its enormous vulnerability to phishing assaults ever-since mysterious hackers published nude pictures of numerous celebrities, online. The accurate techniques applied aren't yet clear, however, it's conjectured that people attacked very likely got victimized with the phishing assaults.
Different from usual hacking, technical flaws aren't exploited in phishing attacks rather attempts are made towards fooling end-users with false electronic mails called phishing e-mails. The Apple phishing e-mails appear as arriving from say the company's own security, inducing recipients for providing their passwords on fraudulent, phishing sites from where the information heads for the hackers.
According to CTO and President Rod Rasmussen of Internet Identity a security company, and another author of APWG's survey, Apple being a brand of the greatest value globally having an enormous Internet user-base, phishers have forever targeted it in their attacks, as also with them increasingly focusing on getting hold of Internet-based accounts, people's Apple credentials prove an enticing target.
Help-Net-Security published this, September 26, 2014. Rasmussen further explains that since Apple offers increased devices and services linked with consumers' Apple credentials, including Apple Pay a recently-declared service, it's hardly astonishing that phishers have been increasingly duping consumers into giving away personal IDs despite extra security measures for the Apple consumers.
Moreover, APWG details how online-crooks are robustly aiming at brand diversity within the scam campaigns they leverage, exploiting over 750 organizations' identities, the largest number hitherto encountered.President Greg Aaron at Illumintel and yet another author of the survey stated that when any website took in card details, passwords or similar personal data, it lured phishers towards abusing the same.