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 for the week of July 9 – July 15, 2017.
This week, we saw a (>20%) increase in overall phishing activity from the top 20 brands we monitor. Of those industries that experienced phishing increases, eCommerce (>80%), Electronic Payment Systems (>55%), and Storage and System Management Software (>30%) were the most affected. Two changes we saw in phishing activity included the Hospitality industry jumping back on the top 20 list, and Dating Sites falling off.
Only two industries experienced decreases in phishing activity: Social Networks (>20%) and Internet and Information Services (>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.