Threat Intelligence Blog

Phishing Activity: TOP TARGETS

Week of October 9 – October 15, 2016

While only two brands in the Internet Search & Navigation Services industry made it on the top 20 list, over 50% of 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. attacks were targeted within that sector.

In this week’s phishing report, we saw a >25% decrease in overall phishing activity for the top 20 brands we’re tracking, grouped by industry. In fact, all of the nine industries on our list saw decreases in phishing activity. eCommerce and Internet Search & Navigation Services both saw >35% decreases, followed by Storage and System Management Software and email Providers, which both saw >25% decreases. Internet and Information Services saw a >20% decrease, and Banking and Computer Hardware both saw >15% decreases. Lastly, Electronic Payment Systems saw a minimal decrease at >0.5%.

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.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Again this year, LookingGlass is a NCSAM Champion supporting the importance of this initiative run by the National Cyber Security Alliance to promote online safety. Stay up-to-date on all of our efforts during this month here: https://www.lookingglasscyber.com/solutions/phishing/.

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