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The following data offers a snapshot into the weekly trends of the top industries being targeted by 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 from December 3, 2017 – December 9, 2017


This week, we saw an increase in overall phishing activity – 15% – for the top 20 brands we monitor. With the largest increase in activity being from Computer Software and the largest decrease being from Telecommunications. Only three industries saw a decrease in phishing this week.

The top five industries that saw the largest increases in phishing activity were:

  1. Computer Software (>105%)
  2. Social Networking  (>40%)
  3. Internet Information Services (>20%)
  4. Banking (>15%)
  5. eCommerce (>10%)


Only three industries saw decreases in phishing activity: 

  1. Telecommunications (>20%)
  2. Storage & Systems Management Software (>15%)
  3. Delivery Service (>1%)


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.

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