Computer security firm Symantec reports an increase in phishing and trojan attacks and. Confidential data is also at risk since more than half of the malicious sample codes sent to Symantec were designed to reveal confidential information.
Trojan horses accounted for a third of the top 50 of malicious code samples.
Phishing - the act of stealing passwords, credit card numbers and other confidential information by making people believe that a fake website is genuine - is also dangerously increasing. In July 2004 the company blocked about 9 million phishing attempts a week while this already increased to 33 million at the end of the year.