Total Number of Unique Phishing Websites Detected as reported by the APWG*
January, 2012 – March, 2013 Data
The APWG relies largely on phishing incidents reported by the general public. It’s difficult to determine if less attacks are actually occurring, or if they have become more difficult to detect. zvelo certainly sees its share of phishing campaigns and keeping pace with their evolution is a tough task. Phishing tactics continue to get smarter, more devious and they tend to parallel trends in pop culture, the media and even the tech toys we use every day. As long as humans continue to bite on bogus emails resembling those from official institutions, or give in to that “must see” video link shared on a social network, granted the website they are pointed to is categorized as malicious and is not blocked by a web filter or anti-virus software, phishing attacks will continue to be a problem.
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*Determined by the unique base URLs of the phishing sites. The APWG notes that a single phishing site may be advertised as thousands of customized URLS, all leading to the same attack destination.
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