Monday, September 25, 2006

Online Criminals Increase Phishing Attacks

According to the most recent Internet Security Threat Report by Symantec, there has been a marked increase since the beginning of 2006 in the number of phishing attacks. The report found an 81% increase over the unique phishing messages that were detected in the last half of 2005.

Phishing involves the use of fraudulent e-mail messages made to look like they come from a legitimate source such as a financial institution in an attempt to get consumers to divulge personal data that can then be used for illegitimate purposes.

CNET News.com has more on the story.

Earlier Library Boy posts about phishing include:

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