Anti-Phishing Working Group Release Phishing Activity Trends Report: The Internet Has Never Been More Dangerous

The quarterly APWG Phishing Activity Trends Report analyzes phishing attacks reported to the APWG by its member companies, its Global Research Partners, through the organization’s website at www.antiphishing.org and by email submissions to reportphishing@antiphishing.org. APWG also measures the evolution, proliferation and propagation of crimeware drawing from the research of our member companies. In the last half of this report you will find tabulations of crimeware statistics and related analyses.

The number of unique phishing reports submitted to APWG in the first half of 2009 saw a steady decrease during the first three months of 2009, with a sharp return to previous levels in April. May’s half-year high of 37,165 was an increase of nearly 7 per cent above last year’s high of 34,758 in October. This data set represents a count of unique phishing email reports received by the APWG.The number of unique phishing websites detected by APWG during the first half of 2009 fluctuated by nearly 30,000 between February and June. June’s high for the half of 49,084 was 12 percent lower than the all-time high for this data set of 55,643 in April, 2007 – but still the second-highest number ever recorded for this measurement.To download and read this report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group in full, see:
www.antiphishing.org/reports/apwg_report_h1_2009.pdf

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