Every week, hackers are creating 57,000 new Web addresses which they position and index on leading search engines in the hope that unwary users will click them by mistake. Those who do, will see their computers infected or any data they enter on these pages fall into the hands of criminals. To do this, they use an average of 375 company brands and names of private institutions from all over the world, all of them instantly recognizable. eBay, Western Union and Visa top the rankings of the most frequently used keywords; followed by Amazon, Bank of America, Paypal and the US revenue service.
- In an average week, hackers use some 375 different high-profile names and company brands to lure users: 65% of fake websites imitate bank pages, followed by online stores and auction pages at 27%
- PandaLabs has analyzed malicious URLs positioned on the Internet over the last three months by hackers to trick users into downloading malware or directly steal their bank details
Insane figures, well worth the read, enjoy