Nearly 40 per cent of phishing attacks last month originated from the US or South Korea, according to a report by anti-phishing site PhishTank. The October report found that of the 3,678 phishing sites found during the month, 24 per cent were hosted in the US and 14 per cent in South Korea. India ranked third with eight per cent, and the UK accounted for four per cent.
PayPal and eBay were by far the most popular phishing targets. Fraudulent emails claiming to be from the two sites were used in roughly 67 per cent of all phishing attacks. Barclays Bank was at the centre of a major phishing scam last September, but fell to the third position in October with 321 reported incidents, representing about eight per cent of reported attacks.