Phishing scams: They're the new viruses

Thursday, 12 August 2004, 8:40 AM EST

Phishing scams are now so prolific in terms of their rapid dissemination that they are outstripping viruses in the severity of their outbreak.

Phishing scams typically include links to a spoofed website or HTML code designed to mirror the look of a well-known bank. With data entry fields and an often compelling reason for customers to hand them over, the email attempts to solicit bank customers' details for the purposes of fraud and ID theft.

By Will Sturgeon at Silicon.

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