Phishing Attacks Increase By 21% In Q2 2019

According to recent research from Kaspersky, the number of worldwide phishing attacks detected by Kaspersky hit 129.9 million during the second quarter of 2019.

  • During the most recent quarter, the average percentage of spam in global mail traffic hit 57.6%, up 1.67 percentage points from the previous year’s quarter
  • The largest share of spam was seen in May at 58.7%
  • Banks received the greatest percentage of phishing emails at 30.7%, followed by payment systems at 20.1%, global Internet portals at 18%, and social networks at 9%
  • As usual, spammers and cybercriminals used seasonal events and topics in the news to catch the attention and interest of potential victims. With tax refunds reaching many people during the second quarter, spammers focused on this subject.

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Javvad Malik, Security Awareness Advocate,  KnowBe4
August 30, 2019
Attackers are always looking for new ways by which they can trick users into clicking links.
This research highlights the enormous problem that organisations are facing in the form of increased phishing attacks and not enough awareness training. Attackers are always looking for new ways by which they can trick users into clicking links and – due to their success – the increase in sophisticated phishing attacks is no surprise. These statistics show how humans are still recognised as th ....
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