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600% rise in phishing in 2009

(Linda McGlasson, Bank Info Security) Bogus security software applications are among the types of electronic crimes that grew 585% over the first half of 2009, according to a new study. The Anti Phishing Working Group's (APWG) latest report shows that rogue anti-malware programs, infected computers and crimeware broke new records in the first half of 2009.

Other important conclusions drawn through this analysis:
  1. The number of unique phishing websites detected in June rose to 49,084, the second-highest recorded since APWG began reporting this measurement.
  2. The number of hijacked brands ascended to an all-time high of 310 in March and remained at an elevated level to the close of the half in June.
  3. The total number of infected computers rose more than 66% to 11,937,944.
  4. Payment Services became phishing's most targeted sector.
"The Internet has never been more dangerous", says APWG's Chairman Dave Jevans. "In the first half of 2009, phishing escalated to some of the highest levels we've ever seen."

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