The number of phishing attacks continues to menace businesses worldwide. The second quarter saw the second-highest number of phishing attacks ever recorded in a quarter since 2008 says the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).
The APWG’s Phishing Activity Trends Report found an uptick in phishing attacks against the users of Bitcoin sites, notably wallet service Blockchain and the exchange site Coinbase.
APWG detected an average of 42,793 new phishing attacks per month in the second quarter. The number of targets dropped slightly from 1Q/14. Year-over-year, the number of targets was down 17% from the 639 observed in Q2/13 to the 531 seen in 1Q/14.
Several types of targets were attacked more than in the past. Attacked more frequently were growing online and alternate payment services. Examples include the Austrian cashless payments site PayLife, Hong Kong-based alternate payment system Perfect Money, and Payoneer, an Internet-based financial services business that allows users to transfer money and receive payments through re-loadable prepaid MasterCard debit cards. Attacks against established providers dipped.
Attacks against retail/service sites also grew, from 11.5% to 16.5% of all phishing attacks. Phishers spoofed these sites because they collect credit card numbers and other useful credentials from their users.
The second quarter also saw a recent increase in the spread of PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) such as spyware and adware. APWG member company PandaLabs reports that the PUPs were spread by a proliferation of software bundlers: programs that install PUPs on computers along with the programs that the user actually wants to install. Overall, Trojans remained the most common type of malware.
The full text of the report is available here: http://docs.apwg.org/reports/apwg_trends_report_q2_2014.pdf
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