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What is Phishing and Pharming?
Phishing attacks use both social engineering and technical subterfuge to steal consumers' personal identity data and financial account credentials. Social-engineering schemes use 'spoofed' e-mails to lead consumers to counterfeit websites designed to trick recipients into divulging financial data such as credit card numbers, account usernames, passwords and social security numbers. Hijacking brand names of banks, e-retailers and credit card companies, phishers often convince recipients to respond. Technical subterfuge schemes plant crimeware onto PCs to steal credentials directly, often using Trojan keylogger spyware. Pharming crimeware misdirects users to fraudulent sites or proxy servers, typically through DNS hijacking or poisoning.

Little Holiday Time for Phishers in August

Growth slows in August - but not significantly

Another upward bounce after last months drop

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  Anti-Phishing Working Group
The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) is the global pan-industrial and law enforcement association focused on eliminating the fraud and identity theft that result from phishing, pharming and email spoofing of all types.

APWG Members
- 2500+ members
- 1600+ companies & agencies worldwide
- 8 of the top 10 US banks
- 4 of the top 5 US ISPs
- Hundreds of technology vendors
- National & provincial law enforcement worldwide

APWG Working Groups
- Best Practices
- Education
- Future Threat Models & Forensics
- Phishing Data Repository
- Sizing the Problem
- Solution Evaluation & Deployment Education
- Working with Law Enforcement and Legislatures