The latest phishing stats have been released and, unsurprisingly, they have gone up again.
Cybercrimes created a record number of phishing websites in July and also hijacked a record number of brands to help them do their work, said the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).
Phishing sites rose to 14,191 in July, an 18 percent increase over May, the previous all-time high. Those sites mimicked a record 154 brands, up 20 percent over June and 12 percent over the previous high, also recorded in May, APWG said.
The latest figures show that online criminals are targeting smaller financial institutions, Internet service providers and even government agencies, the group said. However, the financial services industry is still targeted the most, with more than nine out of 10 phishing sites aimed at it.
The technical sophistication of phishing attacks is also increasing. APWG said that 1,850 phishing sites attempted to download a Trojan horse, a program that conceals itself in another, harmless-looking file but can be used to harvest personal information or download other malicious programs to an infected computer.
One security vendor, Websense, detected special toolkits for sale on Russian websites to construct this kind of attack when a user visits a Web page for between $20 to $300. Also on the rise are "traffic redirector" Trojans, which force users to certain websites without their consent, APWG said.
Overall, the United States hosts nearly 30 percent of all phishing sites, followed by South Korea at 13 percent and China at 12 percent.