Phishing is the latest crime of the 21st century: Understanding the techniques and technologies phishers
use can help you protect against them.
With ScamBlocker, users are warned about accessing known or suspected phisher
sites and are redirected to an EarthLink-generated Web page that provides additional information about phishers
and similar online scams, and what actions subscribers can take to further protect themselves.
The number of targeted institutions has dropped; phishers
continue to target larger or more popular targets.
Suzy Clarke, ASB Bank, New Zealand, noted, "The APWG advisory offers a step by step approach that every IT department can use as a foundation from which to build their own incident response and recovery plans if they find their web site has been compromised by phishers
EarthLink is arming Internet users with the information they need to protect themselves in the battle against phisher
con artists -- online thieves who aim to steal your money, credit or identity," said Michael Strutton, director, product management, EarthLink.
The wide-spread use of subdomain registration services by phishers
is a challenging development for the industry," said Mr.
In the most recent scam, the phishers
used a combination of phishing and hacking to launch their attack, according to Ramsey.
The November analysis reports the number of corporate and government identities being exploited by phishers
was up 2.
Since the user doesn't have the entire credential, he or she can't give it away to the phisher
, nor can the phisher
steal it from their desktop.
have increased the volume and improved the solicitation techniques for messages they send out requesting sensitive information from internet users.
We have seen cases where the phisher
will put thousands of URLs on the same domain.
The traditional technique of a phisher
(who is also a spammer) is to rotate domain names very quickly for phishing sites and e-mail messages, and to also rotate the locations from which sites and e-mails originate.