Symantec Global internet Security threat report
Targeted in Country
Targeting Top Sector
2009 Top Sector
2009 Percentage of URLs
Table 20. Top countries hosting Source: Symantec
phishing URLs and top-targeted
in 2009, South Korea had 5 percent of the total of phishing UrLs observed globally, up from 4 percent in 2008 when it ranked fourth in this measurement. the reason for South Korea’s high ranking here may be its extensive broadband infrastructure, which makes an appealing target for attackers looking to host phishing and spam sites. According to a recent survey, South Korea ranked second globally for online connectivity.184 internet users in South Korea spend an average of 11.5 hours a week on the Web; in 2008, household broadband penetration was at 97 percent.185 Moreover, the previous volume of the Symantec Global Internet Security Threat Report noted the increasing levels of fiber-to-the-home/building (FttH/B) deployment in South Korea.186 FttH/B connections currently provide the highest bandwidth capacities, compared to traditional DSL or cable lines, and South Korea has the highest penetration of FttH/B worldwide. With a strong culture of internet usage with high-speed available broadband and a thriving personal computer market, it is easy to see why attackers might favor South Korea as a location for sending spam and hosting phishing attacks.
Spain moved into third place in 2009, accounting for four percent of the total for countries hosting phishing UrLs. this was an increase of two percentage points over 2008 when it ranked 13th. Symantec also recorded that this two percent change accounted for a fourfold increase in the numbers of lures seen emanating from Spain in 2009. this is not unusual when considering recent trends in Spain. the most recent report on global broadband subscriptions shows Spain as having the fifth highest rate of broadband subscription globally.187 Spain is also ranked 14th for countries sending the most spam in 2009. Given these factors, it is probable that a higher percentage of broadband-connected computers in Spain are susceptible to compromise and are likely serving as hosts for phishing UrLs and spam servers, both of which could be used to generate and distribute phishing lures.
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