Anti-Phishing Working Group Report Sees Crimeware Rising

Tuesday 29 March 2005 10:05 CET | News

The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) has reported that the number of phishing attacks grew modestly in February compared to the January 2005 timeframe, though there was a marked increase in the use of malicious software associated with the attacks.

In February 2005, there were 13,141 unique phishing lures reported to the APWG. The average monthly growth rate since July 2004 is 26%. The number of phishing web sites supporting these attacks rose 1.8% from 2,578 to 2,625 in the month of February. Financial services continues to be the most attacked industry segment, with 78% of attacks targeting their customers. The APWG is witnessing a disturbing uptick in field reports of malicious code being employed to either filter consumers logins and passwords from their keystrokes or to redirect them to convincing counterfeit sites even when observing the best practice of directly keying a banks URL into the browsers address bar (so-called Pharming). The AWPG has been watching so-called technical subterfuge attacks (which use malicious code to manipulate consumers PCs) proliferate in Brazil and Australia with some trepidation for over a year.

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