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HKPC Warns of Growing Cyber Attacks that Harvest Credentials for Profit

Enterprises and Internet users should strengthen their guard against an anticipated surge in cyber attacks targeting web servers, point of sale (POS) systems, and mobile devices; urged information security experts at the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) today (20 January 2016).

The advice came as HKPC’s Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre (HKCERT) handled 4,928 security incident reports in 2015, up 43% from 2014. Phishing (1,978 cases) powered the surge, with an increase of 233%, as a result of new “flash” phishing attacks (1,375 cases, or 69% among phishing) that were launched using local web hosting services as cover. Incidents related to mobile devices also rose by 86% to 286 cases.

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