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Battle against phishing, new success

Date: October 18, 2005
Source: PC WORLD
By: Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service

The number of days a phishing site remains online has dropped to an average of 5.5 days, a sign that countermeasures against fraudulent Web sites are being enacted with increased speed, according the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), which monitors phishing trends and online crime.

"It's a complete victory," said Peter Cassidy, secretary general of APWG. "It means the work by the forensic and counterphishing community is working."

Fewer New Phishers

In its August 2005 phishing report released Thursday, the APWG found that for the second consecutive month, the number of reported new phishing campaigns declined, but the number of new phishing sites reached an all-time high of 5259. In July, 4564 sites were reported, the APWG said.
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