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OpenDNS Announces December 2009 PhishTank Findings – Watch for Facebook, PayPal, IRS Phishes

January 11
10:58 2010

Web Hosting NewsSAN FRANCISCO – OpenDNS, provider of the world’s leading Internet navigation and security services that make networks safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, today announced December 2009 statistics for, the free community Web site where anyone can submit, verify, track and share phishing data. During the month of December, the PhishTank community voted nearly 78,000 times on more than 23,000 suspected phishes. OpenDNS is the world’s largest, fastest-growing DNS service. PhishTank is the only consumer-friendly, anti-phishing effort that publicly shares timely phishing data.

OpenDNS also today announced that in the period since PhishTank launched to the public, its community has verified and helped block more than three quarters of a million unique phishing scams, protecting millions of people around the world.

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Highlights from the December 2009 PhishTank statistics include:

Total number of votes by the PhishTank community: 78,130

Total number of unique, suspected phishing scams reported: 23,900

Country hosting the most phishing sites: United States

Percentage of phishing sites hosted in United States: 34

Median time it took for the PhishTank community to verify phishes: 8 hours, 32 minutes

For more detailed information about PhishTank’s December statistics, including the full list of most spoofed brands, please visit:

About PhishTank
PhishTank is operated by OpenDNS and is the first and only effort of its kind. Launched in October 2006 to coincide with National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the site employs a sophisticated voting system that requires the community to vote “phish” or “not phish,” reducing the possibility of false positives and improving the overall breadth and coverage of the phishing data. PhishTank makes all phishing data it accumulates public and available via programmable APIs, which allow other software developers to incorporate the anti-phishing data into their tools. The open access is intended to encourage the sharing of information and increase the chance of eliminating phishing all together. For more information about PhishTank, please visit:

About OpenDNS
OpenDNS is the world’s leading provider of Internet navigation and security services that make networks safer, faster, smarter and more reliable. Through DNS resolution, cloud-based Web content filtering and security services, OpenDNS empowers millions of households, schools and businesses to control how users navigate the Internet on their network, while dramatically increasing the network’s overall performance and reliability. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit:

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