SOURCE: BitDefender

BitDefender

May 18, 2011 08:03 ET

Study Suggests Worrying Trend in Credit Card Data Security

57 Percent of Respondents Admit They Revealed Sensitive Data to Potentially Fraudulent Requests

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA--(Marketwire - May 18, 2011) - BitDefender®, an award-winning provider of innovative Internet security solutions, announced today the results of a new study which has revealed some concerning statistics on the personal protection of credit card data.

97% of the 2,210 respondents aged 18 to 65 said they purchased goods and services online. Of these, 57% of respondents declared that they had replied with sensitive information to potentially fraudulent requests for data -- leaving themselves at risk of fraud and their account being compromised.

The study also revealed that 27% of respondents were previously unaware of the use of fake sites, and the act of "phishing". Phishing is defined as pretending to be a trustworthy organization or individual in order to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details via electronic communication.

"The pessimistic fact is that if one performs a quick and simple search on Internet, he or she can easily find credit card credentials to exploit. Moreover, there is a huge number of cybercriminals selling this kind of information for different amounts of money," said Sabina Datcu, E-Threats Analysis and Communication Specialist, author of the survey.

More details on this survey can be found on www.malwarecity.com.

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