Confidence in the WWW is at risk, $5 million
The group, whose members include such big names as Microsoft, Yahoo, eBay, WalMart and EMC's RSA security division, said in its report for the first half of 2009 that hackers and phishers have turned the Internet into the Wild West, targeting PCs, company Web sites and mobile devices with scams that are as creative as they are destructive to personal and corporate data security.
"The Internet has never been more dangerous," said APWG chairman David Jevans. "In the first half of 2009, phishing escalated to some of the highest levels we've ever seen. Of even greater concern is the skyrocketing sophistication and proliferation of malicious software designed to steal online passwords and user names."
The report (available here in PDF format) found that the number of detected malicious anti-malware programs and fake security software applications that actually infect user machines surged up 585 percent between January and the end of June.
New phishing Web sites detected in June rose to 49,084 -- the most since the 55,643 sites discovered in April 2007 and the second-highest number recorded since APWG began reporting on phishing sites. The number of hijacked brands and Web sites an all-time high of 310 in March.
APWG researchers working at Panda Labs' research lab counted more than 152,000 different strains of bogus anti-malware apps in June, up from slightly more than 22,000 such applications in January.
The number of compromised PCs also continued soaring. The report found that more than 11.9 million computers were infected in the first half of this year, up a staggering 66 percent from the same period last year.
Our warning from 06.09.08 G.
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A reward of $5 million dollars for a security break through dealing with these problems Open to anyone and all.
Year after year the security of the Internet gets worse.
Year after year we get less secure.
Year after year the thefts and losses grow.
An award fund for security break throughs,
would fund and maybe turn this security loss around.
Tactical Internet Systems analyst
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