Do Phishers try to target people with higher-income?

Posted on Monday, Nov 13 2006 @ 13:05 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Gartner sees a new trend in phishing, they report phishers may be trying to target people with a high income:
In the past year, individuals who earn more than $100,000 per year received an average of 112 phishing e-mails, the research firm said in the report released Thursday. For users in all income brackets, the figure was 74 phishing e-mails. Such messages appear to come from trusted sources but contain links to Web sites, such as fake banking sites, that try to trick people into handing over sensitive information.

While high-income users tended to click on bogus links less than others, their losses were greater when they were duped, the study noted. They lost an average of $4,362 per incident--four times higher than people in other income categories.

"While we can't say phishers were targeting these people, we can say they did get more phishing e-mail than others," Gartner analyst Avivah Litan said. "It could be because of the lists they are on, which phishers find attractive. I've seen lists (on the Internet) where people are advertising platinum card holders' information."
More info over at CNET.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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