Number of Phishing Sites Using HTTPS Soars

By Eduard Kovacs on May 19, 2017


The number of phishing websites using HTTPS has increased considerably over the past few months since Firefox and Chrome have started warning users when they access login pages that are not secure.


Internet security services firm Netcraft reported on Wednesday that, since late January, the proportion of phishing sites using HTTPS increased from roughly 5% to 15%.


One explanation for the rise is that, in late January, both Google and Mozilla implemented HTTP warnings in their Chrome and Firefox web browsers in an effort to protect their customers against man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks.


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