Thursday, January 19, 2006

Antiphishing working group report

Phishing attacks reached a new high at the end of 2005 after growing steadily all year, according to a study published Wednesday. The number of unique e-mail-based fraud attacks detected in November 2005 was 16,882, almost double the 8,975 attacks launched in November 2004, said the report, published by the Anti-Phishing Working Group, an industry consortium that provides information on phishing trends.

Phishing e-mails pretend to come from legitimate companies, such as banks and e-commerce sites, and are used by criminals to try and trick Web users into revealing personal information and account details. The number of brands targeted increased by nearly 50 percent over the course of 2005, from 64 to 93 percent in November.

Top brands continue to be hijacked, with phishers using established names to try and lure people to their sites, Websense said. Most phishing sites spoof global e-commerce and banking institutions.

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