Phishing Skyrockets

Phishing incidents increased significantly in the past six months.

Phishing has increased about 1,200 percent in the past six months, according to MessageLabs Inc.

In September of 2003, the companys system logged 279 different phishing e-mail attempts around the Internet. By January, the number of scams numbered 337,050.

Consulting firm iDefence said the reported statistical increase may be due to an increase in the tracking of phishing attacks.

"Clearly several organizations are now tracking phishing attacks with a rather new data set," said Ken Dunham, director at iDefence. "As a result the baseline is not as reliable as compared to say five years worth of data with a similar data collection effort."

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