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US plays host to largest number of phishing sites

Top phishing targets found to be technology companies and financial institutions.

By CBR Staff Writer

According to a report from endpoint security solution provider Webroot, the US is the largest host of phishing sites with over 75% of sites being within its borders.

In terms of malicious IP addresses, 31%of IP addresses are based in the US, followed by China with 23% and Russia with 10%.

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 were detected per financial institution.

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

Webroot chief technology officer Hal Lonas said, "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.

"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."

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With the growth in zero day phishing activity, there is a 30% 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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