Report: Phishing Domain Registrations Way Down

Online criminals registered far fewer Web domains for use in phishing attacks in the first half of 2011, in what may signal a decrease in phishing scams, according to a  global phishing survey released this month by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG). 

Anti-Phishing Group Targeting Fax-Based Scams

The heyday of faxing may have passed twenty years ago, but scam artists haven’t given up on the old technology, especially when it comes to wheedling personally identifiable information out of unsuspecting office workers. Now a leading anti-phishing group is tackling the problem of fax based phishing scams.

Data secretly collected from an international phishing
operation over  18 months suggests that criminals who pursue a career
in phishing can reap millions of dollars a year, even if they only
manage to snag just a few victims per scam. Read the full article. [KrebsonSecurity]

According to a report by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), the number of phishing incidents and rogue anti-malware programs (also known as scareware) are rising at an “unprecedented rate”.
The APWG says that around four fifths of the phishing attack websites claim to offer payment and financial services and in the first half of 2009, a total of more than 485,000 strains of scareware were found. Approximately 22,000 a month were reported in January, rising to over 152,000 in June – indicating a very strong upward trend. Read the full story [h-online.com]  See the full APWG report [PDF from antiphishing.org]

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