A new phishing survey released by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) reveals that while the uptime of phishing websites dropped during the first half of 2012, cybercriminals were driving substantial increases in the numbers of phishing websites they established to steal from consumers.
Attackers confidently exploit legitimate websites with the same methods and that they succeed because victims are not implementing recommended best practices, countermeasures and responses, according to the APWG.
The number of unique phishing reports submitted to the APWG rose substantially from early fall through the end of the year, while cybercrime gangs were apparently forced to work harder and smarter to fool increasingly fraud-savvy consumers into falling for their confidence schemes.
The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) reports that the development of crimeware surged in the half-year period ending in December, 2010 with one data contributor registering more than 10 million new malware samples in the period, while other analysts describe important shifts in approaches to crimeware deployment by cybercrime gangs.
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