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Phishing sites grow but attacks fall

Antony Savvas

The number of phishing websites has hit a record high, but the number of actual phishing attacks is down, according to industry body the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).

Phishing is where criminals try to lure internet users to spoof company websites in an attempt to glean sensitive information.

The APWG said 5,260 phishing sites were recorded in August, up from 4,565 in July.

However, the number of spam e-mail campaigns to lure people to phishing sites decreased for the second month in a row, from 14,135 to 13,775.

The APWG said increased awareness of phishing meant phishing sites were being taken down earlier, and phishers were being forced to use more servers to sustain their scams, meaning costs were higher.

The average number of days a phishing site is online dropped to an average of 5.5 days in August, down from 5.9 days in July.

 


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