Threat Intelligence Blog

Phishing Activity: TOP TARGETS

Week of October 16 – October 22, 2016

Within the top 20 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. targets, Dating Site was the industry that saw the least amount of phishing activity.

In this week’s phishing report, we saw a minimal decrease (< 5%) in overall phishing activity for the top 20 brands we’re tracking, grouped by industry. Email Providers (>45%), Banking (>20%), and Internet and Information Services (>10%) all saw increases. Electronic Payment Systems saw a >35% decrease.

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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