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Cybercriminals on phishing

Date: September 13, 2006
By: Jeremy Kirk

Cybercriminals created a record number of phishing Web sites in July and also hijacked a record number of brands to help them do their work, a consortium that monitors online fraud said Monday.

The number of phishing sites — or fraudulent Web sites try to fool people into handing over sensitive personal information — rose to 14,191 in July, an 18 percent increase over May, the previous all-time high, said the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).

The fraudulent sites mimicked a record 154 brands, up 20 percent over June and 12 percent over the previous high, also recorded in May, APWG said.
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