Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/10/11/more_phishing_sites/

Phishing websites breed like rabbits

Population explosion

By Robin Lettice

Posted in Security, 11th October 2004 16:34 GMT

Websense Security Labs has issued figures showing a massive increase in phishing websites. According to the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), the number of phishing scam websites is rising by roughly 50 per cent month on month.

Phishing sites trick people into revealing confidential information such as social security numbers and credit card information details by imitating legitimate business sites.

However, Websense's research also shows that a new type of phishing website has emerged. These do not imitate established companies, but pretend to be an entirely new company, offering products or services over the internet.

Accordingly, Websense advises punters to watch out for the following:

And, naturally, you should never give confidential information to anyone unless you are absolutely certain that they are legit. ®

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