Here Come The Big Phish

from the getting-more-sophisticated dept

The NY Times takes a look at the rising popularity of “phishing” scams and notes that changing nature of the scammer. When it first started, they were catching a bunch of teens who thought it was funny that they could steal someone’s identity so easily. However, now, most phishing scams are much more sophisticated, much more convincing – and much more difficult to track down. They’re mostly run by organized crime groups (often, it’s believed, run out of eastern Europe). While there’s still the occassional story of an individual responsible for a phishing scam being caught, these are just the sloppy individuals who are much easier to catch. So, now, when do we get a combination phishing/419 scam?

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