Be careful where you click: Why fake social media sites are a bigger risk than phoney banks

It’s easier for cybercriminals to steal your details by building a fake Facebook page than by pretending to be your bank.

By Danny Palmer

While it’s financial institutions which potentially offer cybercriminals the biggest bounty for a successful phishing campaign, fake versions of online services such as eBay, Facebook, Amazon, and Google are far more prevalent on the internet, security researchers from Microsoft have warned.

The findings are outlined in the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, a 178-page document analysing trends in software vulnerabilities, software vulnerability exploits, and malware between June and December 2015.

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