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Scamming still works better than mobile malware: Symantec
Targeted attacks have continued to rise throughout 2013, with Symantec's latest Internet Security Threat Report saying that while the number of emails used in phishing campaigns has decreased, the number of spear-phishing campaigns rose by 91 percent, and lasted longer than those conducted in 2012.
The report dubbed this tactic the "low and slow approach", and said that it indicated that scammers have tightened their targeting and increased their online and real world use of social engineering to increase the number of successful attacks.
Peter Sparkes, Symantec director of managed security services, Asia Pacific Japan, said that the attacks were all about identity theft, and mirrored the findings from a recent Juniper report that the security black market was sophisticated and used for identity trading.
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