Thousands of phishing emails attempted to trick users into giving up their account credentials by sending victims to spoofed Web pages. In a phishing analysis conducted by security vendor Trend Micro, attackers set up more than 17,500 phony PayPal sites.
Security experts say social engineering and phishing campaigns designed to steal account credentials are at the heart of most data security breaches. Banks or well-known credit card companies made up the bulk of the spoofed sites over the holidays, according to the Trend Micro analysis.
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