Online retailers are likely to become the next target of ‘phishing’ scams, UK police warned last weekend. Scam emails that form the basis of phishing attacks attempt to trick users into handing over their account details and passwords. First seen in the UK approximately 18 months ago, phishing emails are becoming increasingly sophisticated, directing users to bogus websites which accurately reproduce the look and feel of legitimate sites. Up till now online banking websites or auction sites such as eBay have been the main target but the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit warns online retailers that they need to be on their guard, the Mail on Sunday reports.
Tony Neate, the unit’s industry liaison officer, said: ‘We have warned all the big retailers that we consider them to be the next targets and are helping them to secure their sites against the attacks we think are coming. We are working with the online retailers, but are also working to educate their customers and make them aware of the problems.’
Thanks to TechDirt for the heads up.
Apparently, phishers are discovering that they can’t get the same bang for the spam when sending out phishing emails pretending to come from various banks, so they’re looking to move on to various online retail establishments.