According to reports coming out of the US today, the FBI has arrested a large number of individuals associated with what appears to be an international phishing scam ring.
The arrests were part of an operation dubbed “Operation Phish Fry” and the individuals arrested are suspected of defrauding computer users in order to steal money from their bank accounts.
According to Symantec, phishing has become a staple tactic for malicious attackers in an attempt to take advantage of individuals and steal money from them.
Symantec has encouraged users to be extremely wary of requests for any personal information that comes to them through e-mail or instant message, no matter how legitimate the message may appear. Symantec has advised users never to click on links in suspicious messages purporting to be from a legitimate site, but instead, to type the URL of the organisation directly into the web browser and work from there.
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