Use of phishing toolkits on the rise

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Use of phishing toolkits on the rise
« on: June 15, 2009, 02:50:33 AM »

Use of phishing toolkits on the rise

by Peter Dinham, 14 June 2009 

There’s been a huge increase in the use of phishing toolkits, with 42 percent of phishing URLs last month generated using the toolkits, and the emergence of a new trend of phishing attacks towards the popular social networking site, Facebook.

Symantec, in its June phishing report, says it observed an increase in URLs using phishing toolkits during May of 100 percent over the previous month, with a 14 percent decrease in non-English phishing sites compared to February.

The security firm also reports that during May, more than 98 Web hosting services were used, which accounted for six percent of all phishing attacks, which was a decrease of five percent from the previous month.

David Cowings, executive editor security response at Symantec, says phishing sites were categorised based upon the domains they leveraged and “a considerable increase was seen in the number of phishing sites using automated toolkits,” and, he adds, “this increase was a result of a large toolkit attack targeting an information services brand.”

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