Number of New Unique Phishing Websites Detected

Number of New Unique Phishing Websites Detected

Proof Point

APWG detected 1.4 million new unique phishing websites in 2016, almost quadruple of 2007 figure

Number of New Unique Phishing Websites Detected

2007 – 2016 (millions)

Proof Point Findings

  • Phishing Websites – Websites disguising as valid entities established to obtain sensitive information from users, such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details, often for malicious reasons
  • Continuous Phishing Sites Growth – Number of phishing websites detected by APWG grew 16.3% annually between 2007 and 2016, from more than 360,000 to 1.4 million
  • Record 2016 Activity – APWG reported 2016 H1 as period with highest number of phishing activity since organization started tracking in 2004, finding 760,000 new websites
  • Key Drivers – Include increasing sophistication of phishing scams, growing amount of sensitive information at risk as more companies and consumers shift to online transactions, and heightening consumer awareness on common breaches and incidences



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Date Last Updated

June 19, 2017

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