The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) has just released their Phishing Activity Trends Report for the month of December. Overall, the report showed a decrease in activity from the previous month; however, there were a few notable exceptions.
It appears the number of unique phishing sites has increased due to attacks on miscellaneous brands and government agencies. Specifically, the APWG has noticed an increase in tax-related phishing attempts including spoofed e-mails that appear to come from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). As always, we encourage our clients to be wary of suspicious or unsolicited messages.