Phishing is a “scam” and form of internet fraud, in which bad actors attempt to deceive internet users into unveiling sensitive personal information. In its original and most common form, the attack is initiated via an email purporting to be from a reputable or legitimate source. Inside the email, the attacker urges the victim to act in some way and includes (“hides”) a malicious link. When clicked, that link takes the victim to a fraudulent or compromised webpage. From there, the victim is prompted to enter sensitive personal information (i.e. username, email, password, credit card information, etc.). Phishing webpages can appear nearly identical to their authentic counterparts – often requiring advanced phishing detection solutions to identify the fake. Mobile phishing attacks that take advantage of simplified user interfaces and design choices intended to improve “usability” on smaller devices have become particularly effective.

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Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) 2011 eCrime Researchers Summit Highlights

The 2011 Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) eCrime Researchers Summit, out of San Diego, California, moved fast with a number of interesting presentations and fascinating people. The APWG is a non-profit global pan-industrial and law enforcement association focused on eliminating the fraud, crime and identity theft that results from phishing, pharming, malware and e-mail spoofing of all types. The eCrime Researchers Summit brings together malware researchers, counter-eCrime developers and responders, and includes the 2011 Fall General Meeting. Here are some highlights from the event.