Volume and Complexity of Spam and Phishing Continue to Increase in March 2005

Friday 1 April 2005 11:22 CET | News, continued to detect a significant increase in both spam and phishing messages per day during the month of March, 2005 compared to the daily average for the prior three months.

Specifically, from February 2005 to March 2005 Mail-Filters has seen: -- A 14% increase in the volume of spam messages -- A 17% increase in the volume of phishing messages In February Mail-Filters reported it had identified a recurring pattern of spikes of phishing messages sent over weekends compared to weekdays. This pattern held true during the month of March as well. However, also in March, Mail-Filters saw a noticeable increase in weekday phishing message attacks aimed at corporate users. Other interesting information about phishing attacks identified by Mail-Filters during the month of March includes: -- Phishing websites were kept open by phishers for as little as 30 minutes, as long as 3 days, and averaged 4.25 hours. -- There was a noticeable increase in phishing attacks via instant messaging software; something that was predicted by Mail-Filters in February. -- There was a noticeable increase in the sophistication of the attacks, including pharming attacks. Mail-Filters anti-spam filtering technology catches both spam and phishing messages. In addition, Mail-Filters recently announced PhishRepellent which offers technology that not only blocks inbound phishing messages, but also blocks users from inadvertently accessing phishing web-sites.

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