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Police Shutter 15,000 Phony Websites in Mexico Over Last Four and a Half Years

Mexico News Daily
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September 12, 2017
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The Federal Police have shut down 15,000 fraudulent websites involved in identity theft from companies, banks, government agencies and educational institutions during President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration.

The head of electronic crimes prevention, Oliver González, said that action by experts from the scientific division of the Federal Police prevented more than 2 billion pesos (US $112.4 million) from ending up in the hands of cybercriminals through fraud.

Sixty-three per cent of the deactivated sites were masquerading as e-commerce sites, 24% as banks, 12% as government pages and 0.1% as educational institutions.

“What we want is to avoid people becoming victims of these kinds of crimes,” González said.

He also said that cybercriminals pay so that their phony sites appear at the top of results from search engines that millions of Mexicans use on a daily basis.

By having their pages at the top of results lists, cyber attackers are more likely to be able to capture personal details from unwitting internet users.

Read the rest at Mexico News Daily

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