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June Phishing Attempts See Sharp Rise

Posted: 01st Jul, 2005 By: MarkJ
Postini today announced that online phishing attempts in June were once again on the rise and had increased sharply compared with the previous month. Thankfully E-Mail viruses decreased slightly:

The number of phishing attempts, which had been decreasing over the past two months, reached its second highest level since Postini started tracking phishing rates. Only March saw a higher number of phishing attempts from email scam artists in 2005.

Postini protected its customers from 16,667,444 phishing attempts, a 71 per cent average per day increase compared to May.

While phishing scams were on the rise in June, there was a decrease in the number of virus infected email messages this month. The number of directory harvest attacks (DHAs) against corporate networks also decreased in June compared with last month. Postini saw a 23 per cent drop in the average number of DHA attacks per day against enterprise networks.

The top ten viruses for June were:

Virus Name - Quantity Detected

mytob 42,564,787
netsky 9,678,418
mime 5,204,341
bankfraud 4,166,861
bagle 2,984,403
zafi 1,397,793
downloader-abl 1,311,393
mydoom 1,049,130
lovgate 1,025,157
klez 218,789
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