IT | Security

9,500 Malicious Sites Found Per Day through Google Safe Browsing

By: Absolute Team | 7/1/2012

Google recently posted to their blog some startling statistics about malware and their Safe Browsing effort. Safe Browsing is a service by Google that gives applications access to check URLs against Google's own list of suspected phishing and malware pages.

Google recently shared some Safe Browsing stats, including the fact that they find 9,500 new malicious websites every day. Malicious websites are either created specifically for malware or phishing or are authentic websites that have been compromised by malware authors.

Other insights include:

  • 12-14 million Google Search queries per day show the suspected unsafe warning to users. This warning is shown if a site is compromised by malware
  • 300,000 downloads per day on Chrome trigger the malware warning
  • Google sends thousands of warnings per day to web masters (who are using Webmaster Tools) to warn that their site is compromised
  • Many phishing webpages remain online for less than an hour to attempt to avoid detection
  • Attack sites built to distribute malware avoid detection by rapidly changing their location through free web hosting, dynamic DNS records, and automated generation of new domain names
  • Phishing sites adopt the look of popular websites to trick users to install malware

As you can see, Google has shared some valuable insights about the phishing and malware landscape. Learn more in their post here. If you are a website owner, register with Google Webmaster Tools to take advantage of Safe Browsing and to be alerted if your site becomes compromised.