Phishers target Bank of Scotland

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Phishers target Bank of Scotland

Tash Shifrin

Fraudsters are targeting Bank of Scotland customers in a new phishing attack, security experts have warned.

Websense Security Lab warned that bank customers were being lured to a phishing website in China by spoofed e-mail messages purporting to be from the bank’s “technical department” and claiming that a scheduled software update was taking place.

The e-mails request recipients to click a link to begin the process of confirming their user details. The link takes victims to the fraudsters’ phishing site, which requests users to log on and provide account details. It carries a Bank of Scotland and Halifax building society logo.

Recent research by security firm Sophos, based on an analysis of  phishing e-mails received by its threat centres, revealed that more than half were aimed at users of internet money transfer site PayPal, while another fifth hit users of the eBay auction site.

But bank customers have also been a key target for the fraudsters. In April, HBOS became the first UK bank to introduce two-factor authentication  for online banking to its business customers in a bid to tackle phishing and other security threats.

 

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