75% of phishing sites bypass Google Chrome defenses

The British company Which?, which monitors the quality of products and services, published a study according to which the Chrome browser is unable to recognize the vast majority of phishing resources. At Google itself, the results of the study and the methodology of the evaluation are questioned, and for good reason.

Based on Chrome’s testing of 800 recently identified phishing sites, the web browser only blocks 28% on Windows computers and 25% on macOS. The data contrasts with the leader of the ranking, Firefox; which succeeded in blocking 85% of phishing sites on Windows and 78% on Apple computers.

Google was quick to publish a statement in the UK edition of the Independent, skeptical of the study’s results.

“The methodology and the results of the study must pass through tests. For more than 10 years, Google has helped set anti-phishing standards and provided the underlying technology to other browsers for free. Google and Mozilla often work together to improve web security, with Firefox relying on Google’s Safe Browsing API to block phishing, but researchers said Firefox offers significantly better anti-phishing protection than Chrome. Browsers using the same phishing detection technology are highly unlikely to show significantly different results in the level of protection they provide, so we remain skeptical of the report’s results,” Google said.

Chrome Browser Misses 75% of Phishing Websites

Phishing appeared almost before the Internet itself. This is often an e-mail or an SMS; they request information or contain links to go to a particular site to collect information. Other signs of phishing are a large number of errors in emails; and/or unusual URLs that allow you to filter out suspicious sites.

In the UK, phishing messages have been subject to state-level monitoring and analysis. This is done by the National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC) – suspicious letters and messages can be sent to [email protected], and sites are supposed to be reported on a special portal.

“The methodology and results of this study require careful consideration. For more than 10 years, Google has helped set the anti-phishing standard; and provides the underlying technology for free — for other browsers. Google and Mozilla often team up to improve web security; and Firefox relies primarily on Google’s Safe Browsing API to block phishing; but the researchers indicated that Firefox provided far more protection against phishing than Chrome. Browsers using the same technology for phishing detection are highly unlikely to differ significantly in the level of protection they provide, so we remain skeptical. [sic] conclusions of this report.