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3. Bill Rosenkrantz, group manager at Santa Monica-based Symantec Security Response. Much of the increase can be attributed to a practice known as "phishing," which finds crooks stealing consumers' personal identity data and financial account credentials through "spoofed" e-mails that lead unknowing users to counterfeit Websites of "hijacked" brands. Once there, recipients are tricked into divulging financial data such as credit card numbers, account usernames, passwords, and Social Security numbers.
In its latest trends report, The Anti-Phishing Working Group The AntiPhishing Working Group (APWG) is a consortium that brings together businesses affected by phishing attacks, businesses that provide security products and law enforcement.
The APWG has more than 2700+ members from more than 1600 companies & agencies worldwide. says 18,480 unique phishing reports were received in March 2006, up from 12,883 in March 2005. According to the report, the most targeted industry sectors include financial services (90%), Internet service providers Internet service provider (ISP)
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To ward off online threats, conduct regular reviews of your credit card and bank statements. Investing in up-to-date antivirus protection, spam blockers, and firewalls is another strategy.
DOES YOUR E-MAIL LOOK PHISHY?
* Don't respond to e-mails requesting your personal information. Online scam artists use this tactic to lure victims to phony Websites that look like they are from an authentic company, organization, or agency.
* Don't enter your personal information in a pop-up screen. In some cases, phishers will create an unauthorized pop-up screen Website of a real company or organization.
* Use up-to-date spam filters, anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and firewalls to protect your computer. Spam filters help reduce the number of phishing e-mails you get, while firewalls can prevent unauthorized entry and hacking into your computer.