APWG Sees Surge in Phishing Sites


According to a recent report [PDF file] from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), 56,859 phishing Web sites were detected in February, eclipsing the previous record high of 56,362 in August 2009.

"More than 38 percent of the fake websites were related to financial services, according to the APWG's report," writes Computerworld's Jeremy Kirk. "The second most spoofed market vertical was payment services, followed by retail and other service sites. The sites spoofed 392 brands, also a new record."

"[The report] also found that the average number of infected PCs across the globe stood at 35.51 percent, which was more than three points lower than in 2011," writes SC Magazine's Dan Raywood. "China was the highest infected country with 54.10 percent; the UK was ranked 29th with 24.17 percent."

The report also states that PandaLabs identified more than six million unique malware samples in the first three months of 2012, with the vast majority of the infections caused by Trojans.

"The reach and ambition of cybercrime gangs advances apace today, a decade on from when the first phishing attacks were reported. In the first quarter of the year, reports received by the APWG indicate new record highs in the numbers of attacks on identifiable brands, the numbers of phishing websites to lure Web users -- and in the proportion of malware executables comprised of advanced Trojans for cybercrime," APWG secretary general Peter Cassidy said in a statement.