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1.4 Million New Phishing Sites Launched Each Month

The number of phishing attacks reach a record rate in 2017, but the majority of the phishing sites remain active for just four- to eight hours.

The average number of new phishing sites created in a given day has skyrocketed to more than 46,000, or 1.385 million each month, according to the Webroot Quarterly Threat Trends Report released this week.

This number of these sites is up substantially from Webroot's quarterly report released in December, which noted more than 13,000 new phishing sites were created daily. 

The trend of temporary phishing sites continued with the majority of sites remaining active for only four to eight hours. The purpose of the short-lived sites, according to Webroot, is to avoid detection by such measures as block lists.

Meanwhile, the top 10 websites that were impersonated the most during the first half of the year include Google, 35%; Chase, 15%; Dropbox, 13%; PayPal, 10%; Facebook, 7%; Apple, 6%; Yahoo, 4%; Wells Fargo, 4%; Citi, 3%; and Adobe, 3%.

Read more about Webroot's September report here

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