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Phishing Trends: Who Are Fraudsters Targeting Now?
Traditionally, the financial industry has always been a primary target for phishing attacks. And so far, that trend seems to remain true. In the first half of 2015, 41% of the phishing attacks targeted the financial industry. It’s still an issue and financial institutions must continue to proactively focus on their anti-fraud strategies. But here’s what I think is interesting, when we removed the financial industry from the equation and just looked at phishing trends for key non-financial industries – phishing attacks have practically quadrupled since January 2014. It’s a significant increase that is difficult to ignore. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="731"]... Read More
The ICANN Board has approved the community recommendation that “the provision of Thick Whois services should become a requirement for all gTLD registries, both existing and future.” MarkMonitor has long supported the migration from ‘thin’ to ‘thick’ Whois, which will improve both quality and ease of access to Whois data, thereby further facilitating intellectual property enforcement online. The ICANN community has debated the merits of migration from ‘thin’ to ‘thick’ Whois for years, as part of the larger Whois Review process. A ‘thick’ Whois, which is currently required of all new gTLDs, and will now be required of all existing gTLDs as... Read More
The MarkMonitor Fraud Intelligence Report for the third quarter of 2012 is now available. The findings are: Declines in Phishing Volume, Targeted Brands and Attacks per Brand Reverse Growth Trends Phish attack volume dropped 15 percent from the previous quarter to 150,761 attacks, breaking a 4-quarter rising trend that  began in Q2 2011. The number of targeted brands decreased 4 percent to 576, ending three quarters of growth. Attacks per brand volume declined 11 percent to 262, reversing a rising trend seen over four quarters. Payment Services Overtakes Financial Sector as Most Popular Phishing Sector The Payment Services sector, accounting for almost 35... Read More
The MarkMonitor Fraud Intelligence Report for the second quarter of 2012 is now available. The findings are: Phishing Attack Volume Extends a Four Quarter Growth Trend Phish attack volume rose 7% from the previous quarter to 177,369 attacks. A four quarter rising trend has resulted in an 82% increase from Q2 2011. Growth in Targeted Brands Continues The number of targeted brands increased 2% from the first quarter to 601. This extends a growth trend over three quarters. Attacks per Brand Also Continued to Grow Over the Last Four Quarters Attacks per brand volume grew 4% from Q1 2012 to 295.... Read More
The MarkMonitor Fraud Intelligence Report for the first quarter of 2012 is now available. The findings are: Phishing Attacks Extended a Growth Trend to Three Quarters Phish attack volume jumped 28% from the previous quarter to 166,022 attacks. Brands Targeted Continued to Grow The number of targeted brands increased 14% from the fourth quarter to 587. Attacks per Brand Also Continued to Grow over the Last Three Quarters Attacks per brand volume grew 12% from Q4 2011 to 283. Payment Services Returned to Its Position as the Second Most Popular Phishing Sector The Payment Services sector returned to its position as... Read More

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