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Phishing Surges Late in Year in 2015 - Business Wire (press release)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The APWG reports in its new Phishing Activity Trends Report that the number of phishing attacks increased over the first three quarters of 2105. Phishers in that period increasingly targeted the customers of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), hoping to gain access to user accounts for various nefarious purposes. Phishers also intensified attacks against companies by perpetrating wire fraud scams, known as “Business Email Compromise” or “BEC” scams.

According to contributing APWG member MarkMonitor, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) became the most-targeted industry sector during the first three quarters of 2015, with the Payment Services and Financial Services (banks) sectors coming in second and third during the nine-month period. Phishers sometimes break into users’ ISP accounts so that they can send spam from those accounts, thereby advertising more phishing sites, or other Web destinations crafted to advance some other kind of...(continued)

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