Phishing Report: Top Targets
Week of January 17 – 23, 2016
Author: Robert McDaniel
In this week’s 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. report, we saw a decrease (>15%) in overall phishing activity for the top 20 brands we’re tracking, grouped by industry. Electronic Payment Systems saw the largest decrease (>35%), followed by Internet Content Providers (>30%), and eCommerce (>30%). Banking saw a nominal increase (>45%) and Government has jumped onto the list. We expect to see an increase in phishing incidents in Government as tax season approaches.
Our Top 20 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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