New evidence has emerged to suggest that the number of phishing attacks is still growing and the number of blended attacks using malware is also on the rise.
The industry-backed Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) said it received reports of 13,141 unique phishing email messages in the month of February, which was up 2% from January.
Phishing is the criminal use of spoof emails that try and lure users to malicious websites that are designed to glean users’ personal details, such as on-line banking details, to enable fraud. The number of phishing websites also rose 1.8% to 2,625 compared with the previous month.
The APWG also said emails containing worms and malware such as keylogging programs were also still on the increase.
Keylogging software, once installed on a user’s machine, allows criminals to remotely log the information being typed into a user’s keyboard.
As a large percentage of phishing emails are randomly sent to corporate networks, smaller companies with less stringent security are of particular risk to blended attacks.
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