Anti-phishing group warns internet ‘more dangerous’

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Anti-phishing group warns internet ‘more dangerous’

Monday, October 5, 2009

The threat of online identity theft activity known as phishing has grown exponentially and the internet has “never been more dangerous,” according to a report from APWG, the Anti-Phishing Working Group.

The global coalition said new records are being reached in cybercriminal activity using rogue anti-virus software, phishing websites and crimeware designed to target financial institutions’ customers.

APWG’s H1 2009 report found that the numbers of detected rogue anti-malware programs, fake security software that actually infects computers to steal data such as email passwords, grew 585 percent between January and the end of June 2009.

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