Phishing attacks have soared as a result of the re-emergence of the Avalanche gang , according to Internet Identity, a Tacoma, Wash.-based Internet security specialist.

IID said websites infected with malware increased 89% in the third quarter of 2011 from the second quarter, mostly because of a renewal of activity from the Avalanche phishing gang, which IID blamed for two-thirds of all phishing attacks in the second half of 2009.

Traditional phishing attacks, those using e-mails to trick recipients into logging in and giving up identifying information, are actually down, but malware that infects websites have soared, the company said in its Third Quarter eCrime Report.

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