Threat Intelligence Blog

Posted December 18, 2017

The following data offers a snapshot into the weekly trends of the top industries being targeted by phishingPhishing: The fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. attacks from December 10 – December 16, 2017.

 

This week, we saw a decrease in overall phishing activity – >20% – for the top 20 brands we monitor. With the largest increase in activity being from eCommerce and the largest decrease being from Computer Software. Only three industries saw an increase in phishing activity.

The top three industries that saw the largest increases in phishing activity were:

  1. eCommerce (>50%)
  2. Electronic Payment Systems (>31%)
  3. Banking (>10%)

 

The top five industries that saw decreases in phishing activity: 

  1. Computer Software (>50%)
  2. Internet Search & Navigation Services (>48%)
  3. Storage & Systems Management Software (>46%)
  4. Computer Hardware (>45%)
  5. Social Networking (>20%)

 

By pulling information from major Internet Service Providers (ISP), partners, clients, feeds, and our own proprietary honey pots and web crawlers, we are able to get a 360-degree view of the phishing landscape. The percentages posted are based on the sum of the phishing threats of the top 20 brands, and do not include anything below the top 20 threshold.


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