Phishing URLs Detected in April Shatter All Previous APWG Records

eCrime Gangs Mounting Massive Phish-filter Counter Offensive

SAN FRANCISCO--( Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) announced today that the number of phishing URLs deployed by electronic crime gangs detected by the APWG rose to 55643 in April, up 48 percent from the previous high in October 2006 and more than 166 percent higher than the number encountered in March.

APWG researchers encountered phishers placing thousands of phishing URLs under the same domain, automatically creating pseudo-randomly generated sub-domains (e.g. or randomly generated directories (e.g. under a common domain.

Laura Mather, Ph.D., Senior Scientist at MarkMonitor said, "In April the phishers started using the tactic of putting a large numbers of phish URLs on the same domain, similar to what they were doing in late 2006. We have seen cases where the phisher will put thousands of URLs on the same domain. They do this to get around website blocking that Internet Explorer 7.0 and Firefox 2 have deployed to protect consumers from phish sites.