Threat Intelligence Blog


Week of August 21 – August 27, 2016

08292016 Phishing Activity

For the first time in months, Credit Union was amongst the top 20 brands for this week’s phishingPhishing: 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. report.

In this week’s phishing report, we saw a >10% decrease in overall phishing activity for the top 20 brands we’re tracking, grouped by industry. Almost every industry saw a decrease in phishing activity; Email Providers (>80%), Computer Hardware (>25%), and Banking (>20%) saw the biggest decreases. Phishing activity increased (minimally) in only one industry for the top 20 brands we’re tracking – Internet and Information Services (>2%).

Our Phishing Report offers a snapshot into the weekly trends of the top industries that are being targeted by phishing attacks. By pulling information from major ISPs, partners, clients, feeds, and our own proprietary honeypots and web crawlers, we are able to get a 360-degree view of the phishing landscape. The percentages posted on our blog 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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