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Panda detects 57,000 fake websites a week

About 57 thousand people are created weekly websites fake ads that intend to attract Internet users to new scams, warns Panda Security. The company analyzed the addresses created in the last three months and says that 65% imitate bank pages, followed by stores and auctions online.

Known brands and names are among the resources most used by hackers, who on average use 375 names per week to position websites false results in the top search engine results, thus attracting the most distracted Internet users.

The analysis now disclosed to the Black Hat SEO techniques (search engine optimization techniques) was carried out by PandaLabs, which identifies eBay, Western Union and Visa as the leading brands in the most used ranking, followed by Amazon, Bank of America and Paypal.

Banks are the organizations most used by hackers in these attacks, following as already said the stores and auctions online, with 26.8% of the total fake websites identified. Less representative are marginal categories such as Other financial institutions, official bodies and payment systems.

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After the last few years the email have mastered the techniques of distribution of malware and phishing, since last year that hackers have opted for search engine optimization techniques, involving the creation of fake websites that use famous names and brands to attract and gain the trust of users, the company says in a statement.

When visiting pages, often referenced in the first results of a search, users are at risk of being infected by malware – without being aware that the project is being download virus or trojan horse or giving permission to install some add-on presented as important -, or to be deceived with the legitimate aspect of the page, providing personal and financial data.

“The problem is that when visiting a website through search engines, it is difficult for users to know whether it is legitimate or not. As such, and given the proliferation of this technique, it is recommended that you access banking sites or online stores typing the address directly into the browser, instead of using search engines “, explains Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs.

According to this official, “despite the enormous efforts being made to minimize this situation by changing the current indexing algorithms, [os motores de busca] still cannot completely escape the huge avalanche of new web addresses that are created by hackers daily”.