No. of phishing sites surges 85% in October

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The Anti-Phishing Alliance of China (APAC) verified and punished 2,763 phishing Web sites in October, a surge of 85 percent from a year earlier, according to the secretariat of the APAC. The APAC reminds the public that group purchase and other types of popular websites face increasingly higher phishing risks.

The latest data shows that e-commerce websites remained the prime target of phishing in October, with 88 percent of punished phishing websites being fake e-commerce sites.

Lawbreakers who are actively making fake e-commerce websites have come to form a complete industrial chain with a division of labor from design to uploading on the Internet. An officer from the secretariat of the APAC said: "As the threshold of making phishing websites has continued to drop, it is increasingly easier to make a fake website. It is estimated that more hot industries and applications will become targets of phishing."

As online group shopping is currently particularly popular, various types of group-buying websites are emerging and these have mostly applied the payment mode of cash before delivery instead of cash on delivery. The officer from the secretariat of the APAC said group-buying websites are more exposed to phishing than others.

Most of group-buying websites have not acquired the identity authentication from third parties, so it is hard for netizens to judge their authenticity and tend to fall into the traps set by phishing websites.

Experts suggest that netizens should choose websites that have passed "Reliable Website" verification when group shopping and booking tickets online, and find ways to check the authenticity of websites before payment. If they cannot open "Reliable Website" verification logos or meet page faults, they should be more alert in order not to fall into the traps of phishing websites.

By People's Daily Online


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