Phishing attempts are up 400% from January to July 2019, according to a new Webroot report. That’s not a shocking statistic. Afterall, phishing is a very profitable business and profitable businesses tend to reinvest in their business. The more successful phishing becomes, the more phishing attacks you’d expect to see.
The shocking statistics highlight just how sophisticated phishing has become. For example, nearly one third (29%) of phishing sites use HTTPS. HTTPS on a website used to be a badge of security. You could blindly trust a website with HTTPS. Not anymore.
Hackers are also using trusted domains to trick victims. Almost one in four (24%) malicious URLs were found hosted on trusted domains. Hackers use trusted domains because, just like HTTPS, they raise less suspicion among users and are more difficult for security technology to detect.
Not only are phishing emails becoming more sophisticated, they’re also becoming more personalized. “We are beginning to see hackers create more personalized phishing emails using data gathered in recent massive breaches, as well as the use of HTTPS and trusted domains to seem more legitimate. These tactics take advantage of familiarity and context, and result in unwarranted trust,” Webroot Senior Threat Research Analyst Tyler Moffitt said.
The top industries impersonated by phishing include:
- 25% are SaaS/Webmail providers
- 19% are financial institutions
- 16% social media
- 14% retail
- 11% file hosting
- 8% payment services companies
The other statistics of note have to do with Windows 7, and operating system that’s coming to the end of its life. Case in point, “Windows 7 is becoming even riskier, with infections increasing by 71%.”
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