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Cybercrime, phishing sites jumped in 2020. Not only due the Covid-19

Atlas VPN cybersecurity experts: phishing sites jumped in 2020. Not only due the Covid-19. Last year they reached over 2.111 million, 25% more than 2019

Phishing websites detected by Google in 2020 reached over 2.11 million. It has been denounced by Atlas VPN cybersecurity experts, who underline that there is a growth of 25% over 2019 (1.69 million). “These websites pretend to be legitimate so that they can trick users into typing in their usernames and passwords or sharing other private information. Web pages that impersonate legitimate bank websites or online stores are common examples of phishing sites.”, explains Google’s Transparency Report. Data indicates that cybercrime actors were the most active around the middle of February as well as the start of May 2020. On those dates, Google tracked down over 56,000 new malicious sites per week. The second half of the year was a bit more stable, with phishing site discoveries hovering around 44 thousand per week. All in all, Google detected an average of over 40 thousand phishing sites every week in 2020.

The Covid-19 create more attack vectors for cybercrime, but the growth of the phishing sites started before

Moreover, according to the cybersecurity experts, the COVID-19 pandemic definitely created more attack vectors for cybercrime. Panic leads to irrational thinking, and people forget basic security steps online. Users then download malicious files or try to purchase in-demand items from unsafe websites, in result becoming victims of a scam. However, data unveils the fact that the volume of phishing sites was growing even before people shifted towards remote work due the pandemic.

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