Phishing attacks are typically looking for one thing, email addresses. Once an account is compromised, the attacker has full access to the victim's contacts.
Frequent attacks against Yahoo! and a massive attack against AOL, along with ongoing attacks against individual consumers, has placed A LOT of email addresses in the wrong hands. Do you have a friend who still has an AOL or Yahoo! account? The bad guys probably have your email address too, even if you've been keeping up to date on your security practices.
While email addresses are often the target, sometimes there are larger stakes.Read More