Volume of HTTPS Phishing Sites Surges 56% Annually


After seeing a dramatic rise in phishing sites employing HTTPS, security experts have cautioned users to proceed with extreme caution while visiting websites that display a padlock in the browser. The information was gathered from 95 million endpoints and sensors, as well as third-party databases and other resources, for Open Text Cybersecurity’s 2023 Global Threat Report.

It was discovered that there was an almost 56% increase in the percentage of phishing sites caught employing HTTPS from 32% in 2021 to over 49% last year. The ability of domain registrars and certificate-issuing organisations to stop fraudsters from getting and exploiting valid certificates to increase their phishing success rates appears to be waning.

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