Research: Russia has become the leader in blocking phishing and negative sites – Economy and business
MOSCOW, October 1. / TASS /. Russia has become the leader among countries in blocking phishing and malicious sites. This is stated in the report of the international developer of antivirus solutions ESET, which is at the disposal of TASS.
“Every day in the world, computer security programs block half a million malicious sites with unique URLs. Detections occurred in the second half of June 2021, when ESET telemetry recorded the appearance of 5.5 million new vulnerable sites daily,” the report says.
According to ESET, in the area of attacks using homoglyphs (characters similar in spelling, but different in meaning), scammers have focused on cryptocurrency, social media and financial services. For example, domains posing as the blockchain.com service are the most widespread, as in early 2021. In May – August 2021, domains masquerading as the Coinbase cryptocurrency platform were first discovered: co nbase [.] net “and” coenbase [.] com “. ESET experts also noted previously unseen domains using homoglyphs impersonating Airbnb, AliExpress and Wikipedia.
By studying phishing schemes, ESET analysts have concluded that more than a third of the unique fraudulent URLs impersonate financial institutions, most often banks. In second place are phishing sites that imitate social networks and instant messengers: Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram. Next came fake e-mail login sites, online document and spreadsheet services, and parcel delivery companies.
“The new report shows scammers using the COVID-19 theme for the first time in a year and a half. personal data in online questionnaires “, – comments ESET researcher Arie Goretski.