The United States and South Korea top the list of countries that hosted phishing sites in October, according to data from PhishTank, an open database tracking trends in e-mail fraud attacks.
The database, which is run by Internet start-up OpenDNS and collects information from volunteers, confirmed 3,678 valid phishing attacks, about 24 percent of which sent victims to hosts in the United States. Another 14 percent of phishing attacks referred victims to hosts in South Korea. In total, eleven countries--including India, China and Brazil--hosted the malicious servers linked to more than three quarters of all phishing attacks in October, according to PhishTank's collection of statistics.
Phishing has become one of the major threats to users of the Internet, using well-known brand names and authentic looking e-mail messages to fool victims. Most reports on the trends in spam and phishing have found the United States to be the No. 1 source of such attacks. Bot nets using home users' computer systems are increasingly responsible for the rise in fraudulent e-mail messages.
On average, the PhishTank community took a little more than 18 minutes to identify a phishing attack. EBay and its subsidiary PayPal were the most targeted organizations, with a whopping 73 percent of all attacks in October using those brands to lure users. Almost 80 percent of the phishing attacks included a malicious link using a domain name, while the rest used a numerical Internet address.
A report released in September by the Anti-Phishing Working Group found that 30 percent of all phishing sites used servers in the United States, and nearly 42 percent of all attacks used numerical Internet addresses.
Posted by: Robert Lemos