“Domain registrar NameCheap was crowned the most popular host of UK government-themed phishing sites during 2020 after the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) reported it hosted around 60% of such illicit sites last year.”, reported by Techradar.
According to the NCSC report, disabling gov.UK-themed phishing sites took an average of 47 hours, and NameCheap hosted 28.8% of identified UK government-themed phishing sites.
One of the key reasons NameCheap was a convincing suggestion to host phishing was the company’s removal period, and NCSC said it was behind the rise in monthly hosting campaigns following UK government-themed phishing.
GoDaddy, a domain registrar and web hosting company, was right behind NameCheap in hosting a 15.7 percent share of UK government-themed phishing pages, which took an average of 29 hours to remove the phishing website.
The NCSC claimed to have removed 11,286 UK government phishing activities in 2020, totaling 59,435 URLs. These attacks were spread across the globe, with a median availability of 21 hours and 52 percent being taken down within 24 hours of discovery.