Tuesday, May 01, 2007

phishing trip

Phishing: the act of trying to illegally obtain sensitive personal information, including usernames, passwords, and credit-card numbers, by pretending to be from a reputable organization.

The Anti-Phishing Working Group published a report in February 2007. These are the statistics listed in the report:

23,610 unique phishing reports were received
16,463 unique phishing sites were received
135 brands were hijacked by phishing campaigns
The United hosted the most phishing websites, followed by China, the Republic of Korea, and France.