Gathering evidence of phishing

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Kudos to the police investigators who appear to have cracked a major international phishing operation with the charging of 38 suspected phishers.

Investigations like this aren’t easy – there’s a lot of evidence that needs to be gathered (involving careful computer forensics that need to be able to stand up in court), surveillance, and working closely with the financial authorities as well as other police forces spread across the globe.  Investigations like this don’t come cheap, so it’s good to see a high level of effort and resources being put into tracking down suspected criminals.

And it’s not just the police who have to put effort into these cases.  The online banking institutions also have their part to play.  Obviously if phishers are apprehended and put out of business then that works in the banks’ best interests, but it can sometimes be hard to see…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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