U.S. Leads Hosts Most Phishing Sites

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 @ 04:04 PM gHale

The United States is the largest host of phishing sites, a new survey said.

The U.S. has over 75 percent of phishing sites within its borders and in terms of malicious IP addresses, 31 percent of IP addresses are in the U.S., followed by China with 23 percent and Russia with 10 percent, according to a survey by endpoint security solution provider Webroot.

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Asian regions are hosts to half of active malicious IP addresses, with as many as 85,000 new malicious IPs launched every day.

Top phishing targets of these malicious IP addresses are technology companies and financial institutions, with over 9,000 attempts detected per technology company, while nearly 900 phishing attempts headed toward financial institutions.

Leading technology companies impersonated by phishing sites include Google, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook and Dropbox.

“Webroot has seen a continued rise in the number of malicious URLs, IP addresses, malware, and mobile applications used to enable cybercriminals to steal data, disrupt services, or cause other harm,” said Webroot chief technology officer Hal Lonas.

“With more breaches at major retailers, financial institutions and technology companies in the headlines and scores of other, smaller breaches in 2014, the trend shows no signs of slowing down.”

With the growth in Zero Day phishing activity, there is a 30 percent chance of Internet users falling prey to phishing attack.

The Webroot 2015 Threat Brief collected data from tens of millions of users and over 30 security technology partners, IP addresses, URLs, mobile apps through millions of endpoints.

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