Top phishing targets are Ebay and PayPal followed by Banks

PhishTank, a free community site operated by the people from OpenDNS allows anyone to submit, verify,track and share phishing data. The guys are PhishTank are highly reputed and focus on phish and phishing leaving other bad areas such as viruses, malware, spam, botnets to other communities, like Project Honey Pot(anti spam) for instance.

One of the main goals of PhishTank is to provide the community with timely phishing statistics. The following world map depicts their phishing statistics for the month of October which show that a quarter of the phishing websites are located in the US while South Korea and India finish up the top three slots.

PhishTank October world wide stats

So, what is phishing?

Phishing is a fraudulent attempt, usually made through email, to steal your personal information. Phishing emails usually appear to come from a well-known organization and ask for your personal information – such as a credit card number, social security number, account number or password. In order for Internet criminals to successfully “phish” your personal information, they must get you to go from an email to a website. Phishing emails will almost always tell you to click a link that takes you to a site where your personal information is requested. Legitimate organizations would never request this information of you via email.

From the report(phishing Ebay PayPal) we see that PayPal is the top target with 1493 valid phishes with Ebay a close second with 1210 valid phishes. Banks round up the remaning of the top ten.

PhishTank top 10 targets for the month of October 2006

If you wish to read more about Phishing and how to protect yourself from phishing by learning how to recognize a phish, check out the excellent walk through example from the folks of PhishTank.