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Dutch vulnerable to phishing attacks

Dutch are vulnerable to phishing attacks, according to research from security firm RSA on successful phishing attacks. In terms of damages in 2012, the Netherlands took the seventh place in the world.

According to RSA, the Netherlands is a popular country for phishers because of the relatively good economic situation and the strong euro. The researchers conclude that the problem is growing rapidly. Although the governments work hard to take phishing sites offline, they are in most cases still active for eleven hours. In that time frame attackers can quickly earn 300,000 euros. RSA therefore believes that more should be done to tackle this problem. The security company suggests to put an additional layer of security by logging into online banking or payment services.

Networking4all advises website owners to make use of extended validated (EV) SSL Certificates, which validates the identity of the owner. This type of certificate turns the address bar of the web browser (partially) green and displays the name of the validated party. With this additional feature, Internet users can easily see the difference between the real website and a malicious copy.

In total, there was approximately 7.4 million U.S. dollars damage in the Netherlands. Belgium is also popular with a tenth place and a loss of 4.5 million dollars. The United Kingdom tops the list, with no less than 615 million dollar damage.

Friday 5 April 2013
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