2Phishing the Globe
The unique domains were home to more than 60 percent of the phishing attacks observed by Symantec last month, while Web hosting services and automated toolkits were responsible for 14 percent and 16 percent, respectively. The number of non-English phishing sites increased slightly by nearly 1 percent. Among the non-English phishing sites, sites in French and Italian continued to be higher during the month.
5Turning Victims into Dollars
6Fake Stamps of Approval
This site cyber-squatted playing off the Viagra brand. However, the site, detected by MarkMonitor in 2007, uses a phony seal of approval from the Certified Canadian International Pharmacy program. The site, which is still taking orders, does not require proof of a prescription for purchases, MarkMonitor told eWEEK.
7Scammers Favorite Sites
8Paid Search Used by Counterfeiting Operations
Research by MarkMonitor examined 20 of the top 1,000 product-related searches in 2008 with a focus on paid search ads on Google, Yahoo and Bing. In total, 583 unique Websites the ads pointed to were analyzed. According to the company, roughly 17 percent of the paid search ads for popular consumer products—such as designer handbags and shoes, music, movies and hi-tech gadgets—led to sites likely offering counterfeit or pirated goods.