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Phishings sites spread

Date: February 23, 2006
Source: Washington Post
By: Brian Krebs

The number of phishing Web sites skyrocketed in December, as did the number of sites designed to spread password-stealing badware, according to the most recent report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group.

The number of unique phishing sites jumped from 4,630 in November to 7,197 in December, a 55 percent increase. Online scam artists also targeted a wider range of companies in their phishing sites. One scam found at the end of 2005 targeted customers who shop at Wal-Mart's Web site, telling their their accounts had been compromised.

Another notable phishing attack in December went out in an e-mail impersonating the Internal Revenue Service, linking to a bogus IRS site that claimed to offer recipients a way to check on the status of their tax refund. We've seen IRS phishing attacks before, and we are likely to see more of them in the coming weeks.
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