The Anti-Phishing Working Group has published a new Phishing Activity Trends Report providing analysis of global phishing attack data collected in the first quarter of this year. The key takeaway is a 10.7 percent increase in the number of phishing sites in Q1 compared to Q4 of 2013 (the total number of phishing sites in Q1 was 125,215).
In prior years, phishing attack volumes have generally been higher later in the year. If that trend holds true in 2014, it will be a lively year for phishing.
The number of brands targeted also continued to increase, rising from 525 targeted brands in Q4 of 2013 to 557 in Q1. Phishers continue to seek out new targets to increase their profits.
The full report is available at http://docs.apwg.org/reports/apwg_trends_report_q1_2014.pdf.