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
For as long as I can remember, Whois has been an important topic at ICANN. Whether related to accuracy, acceptable use, privacy concerns, availability or compliance, the topic of Whois is always one that draws interest and attention.  Now, in an attempt to better understand issues surrounding 1) the relay of information to privacy/proxy registrations and 2) the reveal of ownership for privacy/proxy registrations, ICANN is sponsoring a survey seeking input from requesters, privacy and proxy providers, and registrars.  ICANN has contemplated a more in-depth Relay and Reveal Study and is using this survey to assess the likelihood of success of a... Read More
While typosquatting is not a new phenomenon, recent research highlights that it is being used to collect sensitive corporate information from employees and lure consumers to interact with dubious websites. Typosquatting is a type of cybersquatting where cybercriminals register a domain name that closely resembles a well-known site or brand, often taking advantage of common typos people make while typing in URLs. Once a user unknowingly types in a typosquatted domain or uses a typosquatted domain in an email address, unintended events begin to happen. Security consultancy Godai Group recently uncovered the use of specific type of typosquat – a “doppelganger... 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

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