OpenDNS today announced October 2010 statistics for PhishTank.com, the free community Web site where anyone can submit, verify, track and share phishing data. During the month of October, the PhishTank community voted nearly 50,000 times on almost 14,500 suspected phishes. Social gaming site Zynga surged to the number six position on the list, just a month after entering the top ten most targeted brands list for the first time.
Included among the top most spoofed brands this month is PayPal, with more than 6,400 valid phishes. Other frequently spoofed brands include the Internal Revenue Service, Facebook, and HSBC. These companies are frequent targets of online scammers, and have been for years. With Zynga’s popularity — more than 215 million people play a Zynga game each month — it’s no surprise the company’s social games have caught the eye of phishing websites as well.
OpenDNS is the world’s largest, fastest-growing DNS service. PhishTank is the only consumer-friendly, anti-phishing effort that publicly shares timely phishing data.
Highlights from the October 2010 PhishTank statistics include:
Total number of votes by the PhishTank community: 50,079
Total number of unique, suspected phishing scams reported: 8,468
Country hosting the most phishing sites: United States
Percentage of phishing sites hosted in United States: 49
Median time it took for the PhishTank community to verify phishes: 3 hours, 53 minutes
For more detailed information about PhishTank’s October statistics, including the full list of most spoofed brands, please visit: http://www.phishtank.com/stats/2010/10/