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Lookalike domains and the consequences

Lookalike domains and the consequences

Lookalike domain threats have been a growing concern in the cybersecurity landscape. Here are some key statistics related to this type of threat:

Phishing Attacks: Lookalike domains are often used in phishing attacks. According to the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) Phishing Activity Trends Report, phishing attacks increased by 22% in the first half of 2021 compared to the second half of 2020.

Domain Registrations: Cybercriminals register thousands of lookalike domains daily to deceive users. In the “State of the Web: 2021 Threat Landscape Report” by Akamai, it was noted that over 700,000 new phishing domains were registered in 2020.

Targeted Industries: Certain industries are more prone to lookalike domain threats. A report by Check Point Research revealed that the technology sector, retail, and financial institutions were the most targeted industries for lookalike domain attacks.

Brand Impersonation: According to the APWG Phishing Activity Trends Report, there was a significant increase in brand impersonation attacks using lookalike domains, where cybercriminals mimic reputable brands to deceive users.

Geographical Distribution: Lookalike domain attacks are carried out globally. A study by Proofpoint showed that the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia were among the top countries targeted by these attacks.

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