Don’t hang out the “Phishing Gone” sign just yet

What with all the anti-phishing technologies built into the latest versions of popular web browsers, some folks might have thought the phishing threat was over. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), an organization that tracks and analyzes online phishing attacks, recently released their Phishing Activity Trends Report for the third quarter of 2009, and the news isn’t good. The numbers are up, with August setting new records. Especially worrying is the fact that phishers are getting more sophisticated at defeating authentication technologies, and at the same time are targeting more corporate bank accounts held by larger companies, apparently having learned – like bank robbers before them – that “that’s where the money is. The report is available in PDF format here:

http://www.antiphishing.org/reports/apwg_report_Q3_2009.pdf

DEBRA LITTLEJOHN SHINDER
MVP (Enterprise Security)
[email protected]

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