|[May 05, 2014]
APWG Cybercrime Report: Cybergangs Accelerating Velocity of Targeted Brand Development
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
The APWG is reporting in its latest Global Phishing Survey:
Trends and Domain Name Use study released late last month that
cybercrime gangs are accelerating their substitution of targeted brands
at an alarming new pace.
The authors revealed in the report of 2H 2013 phishing activity and DNS
abuse that of the 681 targets that were phished in 2H 2013, some 324,
almost half, were not phished in 1H2013. This is an unusual amount of
turnover, and shows phishers trying out new targets at an alarmingly
accelerated new tempo.
The complete report is available here: http://docs.apwg.org/reports/APWG_GlobalPhishingSurvey_2H2013.pdf
"Phishers appear to be looking for companies that are newly popular,
have vulnerable user bases, and/or are not ready to defend themselves
against phishing. From the results of our latest survey, it is obvious
that most any enterprise with an online presence can be a phishing
target," said report co-author Greg Aaron of Illumintel.
As if to illustrate the trend toward rapidly expanding phishers' target
base, APWG Research Fellow Gary Warner reported
this month phishing attacks using an online survey form against the
Irish convenience store and grocery chain CENTRA.
The report also follows the continuing explosion of phishing activity in
China. The authors found that phishers attacking Chinese brands were
responsible for 85 percent of the domain names that were registered for
specifically for mounting phishing campaigns.
"Malicious domain names - meaning domain names registered by phishers
directly, were at an all-time high - nearly twice any prior survey.
These domains were largely registered by Chinese phishers to attack
Chinese targets but were registered in several TLDs at numerous
registrars around the world, making it ever more important for
registrars and registries to be on the lookout for fraudulent
registration attempts," said report co-author Rod Rasmussen of IID.
Average uptimes of phishing attacks declined, and were close to historic
lows, pointing to successes being routinized by anti-phishing responders
and the enduring prevalence of shared virtual server attacks (still some
18 percent of all campaigns) which attract attention and batched
About the APWG
The APWG, founded in 2003 as the Anti-Phishing Working Group, is the
global industry, law enforcement, and government coalition focused on
unifying the global response to electronic crime. Membership is open to
qualified financial institutions, online retailers, ISPs and Telcos, the
law enforcement community, solutions providers, multi-lateral treaty
organizations, research centers, trade associations and government
agencies. There are more than 2,000 companies, government agencies and
NGOs participating in the APWG worldwide. The APWG's www.apwg.org
websites offer the public, industry and government agencies practical
information about phishing and electronically mediated fraud as well as
pointers to pragmatic technical solutions that provide immediate
protection. The APWG is co-founder and co-manager of the STOP. THINK.
CONNECT. Messaging Convention, the global online safety public awareness
and founder/curator of the eCrime Researchers Summit, the world's only
peer-reviewed conference dedicated specifically to electronic crime
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