Number of phishing attacks continues to grow

The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) said there were 13,353 phishing email messages reported in March 2005.

The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) said there were 13,353 phishing email messages reported in March 2005.

This is an increase of 2% on the number of reports for February, and over five times the number of reports from July 2004 (2,625).

The number of phishing websites supporting these attacks grew faster, rising 6.9% from February (2,686) to 2,870.

In March, the number of reported hijacked website brands rose to 78. The APWG said nine of these brands were owned by financial institutions.

The APWG said it was also seeing an increase in phishing attempts that used malware downloaded onto users’ machines, once they had visited bogus websites.

Such code can include keylogging software, used to remotely capture keystrokes from users’ keyboards, to allow fraud to take place.

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