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Cyveillance Warns of Dramatic Increase in Phishing Attacks During Thanksgiving Weekend

Online attacks expected to surge over the holiday weekend
ARLINGTON, Va., November 24, 2008-- Cyveillance, the world leader in cyber intelligence, today issued a warning for online retailers and consumers to prepare for a significant increase in phishing attacks during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Based on historical data and recent online chatter, Cyveillance predicts cyber criminals will launch highly sophisticated phishing attacks, taking advantage of unsuspecting consumers looking for holiday shopping deals along with small businesses and credit unions which may not have around the clock security teams to manage these threats.

Last year, Cyveillance identified a 300 percent increase in phishing attacks on Thanksgiving Day alone. With current economic downturn and phishing attacks peaking at over 13,200 during recent months, Cyveillance analysts expect phishing attacks over the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend to hit record highs.

"Cyber criminals are as bold as ever when it comes to phishing attacks and this Thanksgiving weekend, we expect it will be no different," said Panos Anastassiadis, CEO of Cyveillance. "Often regional banks, small online retailers and credit unions don't have the resources to employ a 24/7 security team during long holiday weekends. As a result, fraudsters often take advantage of this gap in security to launch attacks at susceptible targets. Organizations and consumers must be wary of these attacks, and remember that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

About Cyveillance

Cyveillance, the world leader in cyber intelligence, provides an intelligence-led approach to security. Through continuous, comprehensive Internet monitoring and sophisticated intelligence analysis, Cyveillance proactively identifies and eliminates threats to information, infrastructure, individuals and their interactions, enabling its customers to preserve their reputation, revenues, and customer trust. Cyveillance serves the Global 2000 and OEM Data Partners - protecting the majority of the Fortune 50, regional financial institutions nationwide, and more than 30 million global consumers through its partnerships with security and service providers that include AOL and Microsoft. For more information, visit http://www.cyveillance.com.

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