Researchers have issued a warning over phishing figures, claiming that security software companies may be inadvertently skewing the statistics and making the problem appear worse than it is.
Some 35,518 websites were reported for phishing by security software firms between February and April this year, according to experts at Cambridge University, yet more than half of these were run by the same phishing gang.
Failure by the security software firms to recognise this, the researchers claim, is jeopardising efforts to crack down on phishers as there are simply too many incidents for police to deal with, Computing.co.uk reports.
However if security firms were to group incidents together then police would be in a much better position to tackle phishing as they would know which gangs to target.
'Law enforcement agencies need to correlate attacks more, because instead of opening 18,000 different crime reports you only need to open one,' said Richard Clayton, co-author of the report.
According to figures from the Anti-Phishing Working Group, phishing attacks reached a record high in January this year.