Phishing scams are rampant, and in recent months, SMS messages impersonating Octopus apps have even appeared, and the Police have received 71 reports of cases involving more than $21,28 in a week. Chan Chung-man, spokesman for the Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre under the Hong Kong Productivity Council, said today (10th) that in the first 3 months of this year, nearly 000,22 phishing attacks were recorded, an increase of <>% over the same period last year. He reminded members of the public to be cautious when using biometrics on public platforms and to use official mobile apps to browse websites as far as possible.


In an interview with RTHK's Millennium, Chan said that the Hong Kong Computer Emergency Team Coordination Centre handled a total of 10,6 cyber security incidents in the first 341 months of this year, a decrease of 7% compared with 208,12 cases in the same period last year, mainly due to the decrease in the number of zombie computers. However, the number of phishing attacks increased from 2,440 in the previous year to nearly 3,000 this year, representing a significant increase of 22%.

He said that "phishing" has become a mainstream scam in the past few years due to its low cost but high efficiency. In addition to the common phishing emails, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and QR codes has also seen phishing attacks in recent months, with 10% and 9% of enterprises receiving the same type of attacks respectively in the past 8 months. Technologies are now available to make a video based on a frontal photograph to make victims think they are on a video call with a familiar person, thereby defrauding them of money. He reminded members of the public to be cautious when sharing biometric features such as photos and voices on public platforms, and that social media should set privacy so that only friends can watch it.

Chan Chung-man, spokesman for the Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre, said that in the first 10 months of this year, nearly 3,000 phishing attacks were recorded, an increase of 22% over the same period last year. (File photo)

Chan added that most phishing attacks lure victims into entering personal information in the name of expiring discounts, claiming prizes, and online shopping and delivery. Some fraudsters sell advertisements on search engines so that fake websites can appear prominently in search results. He pointed out that members of the public should pay attention to whether the letters of the linked URLs match the names of the companies concerned, as well as whether other sections of the websites are different from those in the past, or even call the customer service hotline to verify the contents.

As for phishing SMS, Chan pointed out that despite the implementation of the real-name SIM system in Hong Kong, there are still many loopholes in which fraudsters can send SMS messages through websites. He advised members of the public to install official mobile apps to replace web browsing information, install anti-virus software on mobile phones, and set up two-factor authentication for their bank accounts.

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