The UK a top target for phishing attacks

The UK was the number one target for phishing attacks globally this past August, according to an analysis released last week by Kapersky Labs. The month saw a whopping addition of 6.3 percentage points in attack detections, catapulting the UK to the number one position. Reeling in 13.2 percent of all malicious attachment detections across the globe, the UK beat Germany, which came in second at 9.6 percent, and the US was third at 7.7 percent.

According to the report, the majority of the August attacks came via fake Facebook notifications containing malicious attachments. A hack within the social network, the Facebook messages promised the installation of a safeguard utility, but instead linked to a ZIP archive containing the Haze Trojan-Downloader. The downloader was then used by cybercriminals to install further malware, including code that steals personal data and further distributes the malware to the users contact list.