Small, Shadowy Cybergang Blamed for Phishing Surge

A recent surge in phishing -- fraudulent e-mail and websites designed to "fish" sensitive personal information such as passwords and credit card numbers -- is the handiwork of a small, shadowy cybergang, computer security experts say. Rock Phish, a group of technically savvy hackers who oversee phishing websites and provide tools on the Internet that let others phish, is "the major driving force behind a worsening situation, and they are difficult to track down," says Zulfikar Ramzan, senior principal researcher at Symantec's Security Response Group.

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