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Google Study Finds Phishing Is Top Online Threat


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Internet data breaches threaten the usernames and passwords of billions of people, and phishing attacks are the most effective way to hijack victims' online identities, according to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Google.

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Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Google have found that Internet data breaches threaten the usernames and passwords of billions of people, and phishing attacks are the most effective way to hijack victims' online identities.

The researchers conducted a year-long study of online black markets and found 25% of phishing victims were at risk of a Google email account takeover following the exposure of their credentials.

The team also found 7% of victims of third-party data breaches and 12% of keylogger victims are at risk of having their Google email account breached.

From March 2016 to March 2017, the researchers identified 788,000 potential victims of keylogging, 12.4 million potential victims of phishing, and 1.9 billion usernames and passwords exposed via third-party data.

The researchers presented their study at the recent ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS 2017) in Dallas, TX.

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