Phishing sites online for an average of 19 hours

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Hackers and cybercriminals who try to make victims with rogue sites are having a harder time. Phishing websites were online for just 19 hours on average in 2021. That’s a decrease of 13.6 per cent from the previous year when such sites were online for an average of 22 hours.

This is what Stichting Internet Domeinregistratie Nederland (SIDN) writes in its annual report (PDF).

Taking cyber resilience to the next level

In the annual report, the foundation reflects on what it has done and achieved in the past year. 2021 saw several highlights for the foundation. To start with, it was exactly 25 years ago in January that Piet Beertema, together with Ted Lindgreen and Boudewijn Nederkoorn, founded SIDN. Another milestone is that the .nl domain celebrated its 35th anniversary. The Center for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) in Amsterdam was the first to register a .nl domain name: cwi.nl.

SIDN’s work is more important than ever. More than ever, the internet is an integral part of our lives. This is largely due to the corona crisis: the pandemic caused us to work from home en masse last year and to visit the office less often. “It is important for the Netherlands to innovate, seize opportunities and at the same time quickly raise cyber resilience to a higher level,” said Roelof Meijer, SIDN’s general manager.

The consequence of this ‘hyperdigitization’ is that we are increasingly dependent on the internet. “And that makes a reliable digital world with an open, accessible and secure internet more important than ever before,” we read in

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