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Countries with most phishing URLs named

Ike Suarez | Jan. 3, 2014
Websense bares results of research

China today hosts the world's most numerous phishing URLs while "Invitation to connect to Linked In" is the most frequently used subject line for phishing emails, according to Websense Inc. in its latest research report.

A press statement by the San Diego-based security solutions vendor said its Websense Security Labs researchers did a study of current phishing trends from January to September this 2013 and had determined that today's phishing attacks are more targeted with regard to victims.

Social networks

It said scammers now use social networks to choose their prey.

"Once the intelligence is harvested, they use that information to construct email lures and yield maximum success," according to the statement.

Other countries belonging to the rogues' list of the Top 10 hosting phishing URLs are in descending order the following:

  • United States
  • Germany
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Russia
  • France
  • Hong Kong
  • Netherlands
  • Brazil

On the other hand, the four subject lines most frequently used also by online scammers are in descending order the following:

  • Mail delivery failed: return message to sender
  • Dear <insert bank name here> customer
  • Communicazione importante
  • Undelivered Mail Return to Sender

This is the first time China and Hong Kong have made it to the list, according to the statement.

"How the emails are titled also plays a significant role in the success of a phishing campaign," the statement said.


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