According to the latest report from Kaspersky Labs, phishing attacks increased by 16 percent during Q2 2019 compared to the same time period in 2018.
Phishing attacks are a form of ‘low hanging fruit’ for cyber criminals who are looking to take advantage of the way that individuals trust cloud services providers and other online companies. Phishing attacks make use of fake feedback forms, subscription forms and other pages in order to get their victims to willingly hand over personal details or download files that contain malicious code.
During Q2 2019, Kaspersky detected 129.9 million phishing redirects. According to other statistics, 57.6 percent of all email traffic was spam, and phishing accounts for a major part of that spam. The most targeted organizations in terms of the ones that phishing attacks impersonated were banks and payment systems, followed by global Internet portals, social networks, and online retailers.
The majority of phishing attacks targeted users in Greece, with 26.2 percent of attacks aimed at users in that country, closely followed by Venezuela (25.7%), then Brazil and Greece.
Most spam emails were sent from China (23.7%).
Cyber criminals are always looking for new ways to reach their victims, and many of them are moving away from the traditional idea of spam email and using contact forms on websites or using online calendars to ‘book themselves in’ and attract the attention of their victims. They are also using cloud-based storage services to make their malicious links and content look more trustworthy, and using tempting links such as an invitation to watch a popular sporting event or to get codes for a popular online game.
Carefully timed phishing emails about tax refunds or AirBNB bookings during the peak holiday season are another popular tactic which phishing perpetrators are relying on on with some success. Knowing about these strategies can help users avoid them. Users can also contact our professionals for up to date help against phishing attacks.