While scam artists still are pretending to be banks and businesses in e-mails asking for accounts to be updated, more criminals are turning to spyware and worms to send people to web sites without them knowing.
Some hackers have pretended to work for tech support departments so they can get passwords to domain name servers. Google, Amazon, eBay Germany and HSBC of Brazil have seen their domain name hijacked.
Before, phishing was easy to spot because of spelling errors and funny looking web addresses. Now scam artists are able to produce legitimate-looking links and use malicious code to redirect people to the wrong site.