Phishing Attacks on the Wane


Phishing Attacks on the Wane: “Phishing attacks have fallen out of favor among cyber crooks who make a living stealing personal and financial information, according to a report released this week by IBM. Instead, attackers increasingly are using malicious Web links and password-stealing Trojan horse programs to filch information from victims, the company found. The analysis from X-Force, IBM’s security research and development division, notes that Trojan horse programs are taking the place of phishing attacks aimed at financial targets. The company found that throughout 2008, phishing volume was, on average, 0.5 percent of overall spam volume. In the first half of 2009, however, phishing attacks fell to an average of 0.1 percent of spam volume. The targets of phishing attacks also changed, IBM says: In the first half of 2009, 66 percent of phishing schemes targeted the financial industry, down from 90 percent in 2008. I looked at the number of phishing sites tagged

(Via Washington Post Security Blog.)


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