The APWG is meeting this week in Barcelona. The event, which is being attended by security professionals, researchers, law enforcement and others will be hearing this afternoon about the APWG's Global Phishing Survey for the second half of 2014. The report (PDF) was produced by Greg Aaron and Rod Rasmussen is well worth reading if you want to get an idea of some of the … [Read more...] about APWG Publish Global Phishing Survey H2 2014
The APWG (Anti-Phishing Working Group) has released their report for Q4 of 2014. It makes for fairly depressing ready, as you'd expect, but it's worth taking the time to have a look over it. So which TLDs are most (ab)used in phishing and malware attacks? It's hardly surprising that .com is the most (ab)used (46%) - it's also the most popular domain extension. What is a … [Read more...] about APWG Phishing Report Reveals Crimeware Increase
SIDN, the registry operator for .nl, has announced the introduction of a new service for its registrars. The new phishing alert service harnesses data provided by Netcraft and will automatically email the registrar of record of any .nl domain name that is flagged as being used in a phishing attack.Every five minutes or so, SIDN checks Netcraft's suspect URL database,which is … [Read more...] about NL Registry Introduces Phishing Alert Service
Enom, one of the largest registrars in the world, has been targetted by phishers.The company has posted an alert on the main page of their website with a screenshot of the fraudulent site.It's good to see them being public about this sort of attack, though it is worrisome nevertheless … [Read more...] about Enom Targetted By Phishers
Anti-virus vendor McAfee have released their second report on Malware (pdf) which tracks incidences of malware on a TLD basis.The previous report, which received a lot of press coverage, was very favourable for several ccTLDs, including .ie (Ireland).This time round the Irish ccTLD may not be listed in the "dangerous" list, but the threat levels have practically doubled! This … [Read more...] about McAfee Report Not Good For IE ccTLD
In common with many domain registries Nominet relies heavily on email for communication to registrars AND registrants.Unfortunately they seem to have been the target of some spoofing in recent daysIt sounds like they've been the victims of a "Joe Job", where a spammer basically "hijacks" a person or organisation's domain when sending mails.More information is available on the … [Read more...] about Nominet Issues Spoofing Warning
According to recent reports Microsoft's MSN messenger is blocking URLs using the .info extension It seems that this change only happened in the last couple of days. Has Affilias been made aware of this change? Is it an anti-phishing / anti-spam measure? Full story here … [Read more...] about MSN Blocking .info?
One of the strongest selling points of a regulated ccTLD is security and peace of mind. What that translates into in practice is that there is a slightly higher degree of control over who gets to register domains. In Ireland, for example, the IEDR has been able to vaunt the IE ccTLD due to its positive results in a recent McAfee siteadvisor survey. The same study gave a very … [Read more...] about AU Deregulation Bad?