Based on what has been reported in the media, this is quite a prevalent activity, with many examples and activities. During the past month, this is a sample of the things that crossed my desk:
- A warning published by FNB in South Africa for their customers to be awar of a phishing attempt. (see here)
- A youngster sent to prison for seven years for phishing attacks. (see here)
- ClearmyMail reporting that the biggest target for Phishing attacks in the UK is RBS (probably because they are the biggest anyhow, or because they report this better? Anyhow must have a lot of statistics to get to 42.7%) (read more here)
- The UK Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS) reports an increase of 180% in phishing attacks year on year (more here).
Yet, many banks merely port their Internet banking solutions to mobile, without due considerations of the additional security that mobile can provide... such a pity. Consider speaking to the experts before you do this.