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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 February 4 – 10, 2018.

This week, we saw a minimal decrease in overall phishing activity – 3% – for the top 20 brands we monitor. With the largest increase in activity being from Telecommunications and the largest decrease being from eCommerce.

The top 5 industries that saw increases in phishing activity:

  1. Telecommunications(>85%)
  2. Social Networking (>45%)
  3. Internet Information Services (>40%)
  4. Electronic Payment Systems (>20%)
  5. Computer Hardware (>15%)


The top 4 industries that saw decreases in phishing activity this week: 

  1. eCommerce (>100%)
  2. Storage and Systems Management Software (>35%)
  3. Computer Software (>35%)
  4. Internet Search & Navigation Services  (>30%)


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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