India Inc loses Rs. 171.94crores* from the global losses of Rs. 5760crores* from phishing attacks in 2011 says RSA

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RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE: EMC), has released its findings on phishing attacks in 2011 and estimates that India Inc had lost Rs. 171.94crores* or $38.2mn last year. Furthermore RSA established that in 2011 the total number of losses was Rs 5760crores* or $1.28bn globally. The number of phishing attacks saw an increase in volume from 115,009 attacks recorded in 1H 2011 to 164,571-a 43% increase during 2H 2011. RSA has also ranked India in the top 5 most targeted countries for phishing attacks.

In 2011, approximately one in every 300 emails circulating the web was deemed to contain elements pointing to phishing. Most phishing content targeted the public sector, which was followed by the SME business sector. A majority of these were targeted phishing attacks aimed at leveraging known brands in fake emails that attempt to fool email recipients.

In its October Fraud report, RSA had estimated that the worldwide losses from phishing attacks alone amounted to over $520 million during H1 2011. The number of phishing attacks identified by RSA in September increased by 45%, setting a new all-time high of 38,970 attacks. This increase was largely attributed to repeated attacks on a handful of large financial institutions which have been heavily targeted throughout the past few months (Source: October 2011 AFCC report).

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