The MarkMonitor Fraud Intelligence Report for the third quarter of 2011 is now available. The findings are: Phishing Attacks Increase from Previous Quarter Phish attack volume grew 7% from the previous quarter to 103,702 attacks. Organizations Targeted Declined Again The number of targeted organizations continued to decline, decreasing 2% from the second quarter to 488. Attacks per Organization Returned to Growth Attacks per organization volume increased 9% from Q2 2011 to 213. Retail Sector Continued to Grow as a Popular Phishing Sector Retail/Service phishing continued to increase, growing 43% to 14,572 attacks. The Financial sector continued to be the most phished... Read More
Phishing is usually viewed solely as an information security problem, but it is actually more than that – it’s also a brand protection problem.  Why?  Phishing targets an organization’s customers, using an organization’s trusted brand to steal customers’ credentials.  The result is financial loss, bad customer experiences and a damaged brand name. Forward-thinking organizations complement their traditional information security approaches with online brand protection strategies.  They recognize that their assets also reside outside the enterprise perimeter and require protection.  They understand that the security of their online brands has a direct impact on customer relationships and revenues. What can an organization do... Read More
The MarkMonitor Fraud Intelligence Report for the second quarter of 2011 is now available.  The findings are: Phishing Attacks Declined Slightly from Previous Quarter Phish attack volume declined 3% from the previous quarter to 97,241 attacks.  Organizations Targeted also Declined Slightly The number of targeted organizations also decreased 3% from the first quarter to 498.  Attacks per Organization Unchanged Attacks per organization volume was unchanged from Q1 2011 at 195.  Retail Sector Grew to Become Popular Phishing Sector Retail/Service sector phish increased 413% to 10,159 attacks, accounting for over 10% of total phish in the second quarter. The Financial sector continued... Read More
The MarkMonitor Fraud Intelligence Report for the first quarter of 2011 is now available.  The findings are: Phishing Attacks Reversed Decline Phish attack volume increased 17% from the previous quarter to 99,800 attacks. Organizations Targeted Continued Growth Trend The number of targeted organizations increased 11% from the fourth quarter of 2010, to 511. Attacks per Organization Increased Slightly Attacks per organization increased 6% from Q4 2010 to 195. Financial Sector Continued as Most Popular Phishing Sector The Financial sector accounted for 47% of phish attacks in the first quarter of 2011, while the Payment Services sector accounted for 27%. Gaming, Auction and Social... Read More
Last Friday, Epsilon, an email marketing firm that serves approximately 2,500 clients and sends about 40 billion marketing messages for clients annually, reported that someone hacked into its computer system and stole an unknown number of e-mail addresses and names. The scale of the problem became clearer over the weekend and by Monday, some of the nation’s largest banks and corporate brand names began alerting their customers to be on the lookout for fraudulent emails. Fraudsters now have access to names and active email accounts, coupled with information about which particular brands individuals have relationships with. Having access to this kind... Read More

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With more than 13 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More