Phishers Creating More Noise to Fool Defenses

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The criminals behind phishing attacks are creating vast numbers of unique Web pages to host their attacks in an attempt to dodge defenses, according to an industry report.

The number of distinct Website links in phishing attacks jumped by more than 150 percent in five months, showing that phishing remains a major vector of compromise, the Anti-Phishing Working Group stated in a report released on May 24.In March 2016, phishing emails seen by APWG members contained more than 123,000 unique URLs, up from 48,000 in October 2015. While the number of URLs has increased dramatically, the number of domains and the number of brands used as camouflage by phishers have remained relatively constant at about 20,000 and 418, respectively, according to the report.

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