American cyber-gangs target UK personal bank account holders

In the latest example of not so friendly-fire, a leading UK anti-spam company today reveals that the biggest source of attempts to steal our personal bank details via email is coming from America.

A leading UK based anti-spam company has today revealed that holders of UK bank accounts are increasingly coming under attack via emails from spammers based in America.

For some time now the anti-spam company ClearMyMail has identified that “Phishing” emails, where the senders attempt to get the recipients to send their bank details, have been deployed en-masse by spammers across the globe.

In an attempt to more quickly identify email threats, ClearMyMail has carried out in depth research to see from which country the phishing emails are predominantly coming from.

Today the company is revealing a global rogues gallery of the Top 10 countries that are guilty of trying to steal domestic bank account information.

1. US (54%)
2. Spain (3.8%)
3. Germany (2.9%)
4. Korea (2.8%)
5. France (2.7%)
6 China (2.7%)
7. Russia (2.5%)
8 Japan (2.2%)
9. Uruguay (1.8%)
10. UK (1.4%)

The company is calling on the British Government and Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) to better engage with their foreign counterparts to try and stop phishing attacks.

Whilst ISP’s in the UK face tough controls and pressure to prevent spam and the causes of spam this is not the case elsewhere in the world. Some ISP’s around the globe leave their mail servers unprotected so anyone can send email through them and in some cases they may be aware that their equipment is being used to spam foreign countries but do not stop it as they are being paid.

There are further complications in the likes of China where the internet-using-population is the fastest growing in the world and are themselves targets for emails containing viruses. The viruses secretly join together huge numbers of computers that are then used by rogue spammers to send a massive number of emails, all un-policed and un-checked.

All of this has led to Dan Field, Managing Director of ClearMyMail to call on governments banks and ISP’s to do more to prevent the problem and he commented,

“We know that spammers are using the most advanced forms of technology in order to send more and more of these phishing emails and governments around the globe should put more pressure on the banks, ISPs and police forces to manage the issue, especially as Britain seems to be the main focus for most of these attacks”.

He continued,
“To some degree you can understand the lack of a cohesive campaign to prevent this happening in less well developed countries but when you see that USA is top of the poll, and you take into account all the tools at their disposal for ridding the world of these criminals I cannot help but feel disappointed that the Americans are not doing more to prevent this happening”.