2018 showed that cybercriminals continue to keep a close eye on global events and use them to achieve their goals. We have seen a steady increase in phishing attacks on cryptocurrency-related …
Numbers of the year :
- The share of spam in mail traffic was 52.48%, which is 4.15 p.p. less than in 2017.
- The biggest source of spam this year was China (11.69%).
- 74.15% of spam emails were less than 2 KB in size.
- Malicious spam was detected most commonly with the Win32.CVE-2017-11882 verdict.
- The Anti-Phishing system was triggered 482,465,211 times.
- 18.32% of unique users encountered phishing.
- Global events and spam
In the first months of the year alone, we registered a great many emails in spam traffic connected in some way to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It was generally B2B spam — mostly invitations to paid seminars, webinars, and workshops promising to explain the ins and outs of the new regulation and its ramifications for business.
During this period, there was an upturn in legitimate mailings too. Following the requirements of the regulation, companies sent out notifications on the transition to the GDPR policy requesting user consent to store and process personal data. Unsurprisingly, scammers tried to take advantage. Seeking to gain access to the personal data of clients of well-known companies, they sent out GDPR-related phishing emails prompting to update account information. Users who followed the link in the message and entered the required data immediately had it stolen by the fraudsters. It is worth noting that cybercriminals were interested largely in the data of clients of financial organizations and companies providing IT services.
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Source : securelist