By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Phishing attacks increased more than 60 percent from 2008 to an all-time high as the number of attacks per organization hit nearly 600, a new report finds.
MarkMonitor's 2009 BrandJacking Index report, released this week, shows 565,502 phishing attacks last year, up 62 percent from 2008, and attackers have become more targeted given only 33 percent of the victims were first-time phishing targets.
Attacks targeting social networks increased by 376 percent from 2008, with 11,240 attacks -- about 2 percent of all phishing exploits last year. Most phishing attacks are hosted in the U.S. -- 44.7 percent, an increase from 36.5 percent in 2008.