The following data offers a snapshot into the weekly trends of the top industries being targeted by Phishing: The use of emails that appear to be from a legitimate, trusted source that are enticed to trick recipients into entering valid credentials including personal information such as passwords or credit card numbers into a fake platform or service. LookingGlass Cyber (n) - tailoring an attack (such as email) to garner trust and credentials that are then used maliciously. The preverbal digital version of the ol' hook and bait. attacks from October 29 – November 4, 2017.
This week, we saw an increase in overall phishing activity – over 20 percent – for the top 20 brands we monitor.
The top five industries that saw the largest increases in phishing activity were:
- Internet Search & Navigation Services (>65%)
- Electronic Payment Systems (>50%)
- Internet and Information Services (>30%)
- Banking (>25%)
- Storage and Systems Management Software (>20%)
Only three industries saw decreases in phishing activity:
- Telecommunications (>20%)
- Social Networks (>15%)
- Computer Software (5%)
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.