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New Google Data Shows a 350% Increase in Phishing Websites During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Data analyzed by Atlas VPN reveals the scope of cyberfraud amid the COVID-19 pandemic, including over 300k new websites created in March with coronavirus-related keywords.

In Jan., Google registered 149k active phishing websites. In February, that number nearly doubled to 293k. In March, that number had increased to 522k — a 350% increase since January.

To further complicate the situation, cyber-profiteering is on the rise, with 22% of Americans claiming they have been the target of cyberfraud.

Data from a RiskIQ scan of websites with suspicious coronavirus-related keywords indicates that 317k new websites were created during the two-week period between Mar. 9-23.

Curated from Forbes

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