Woburn, MA – November 6, 2018 – Today, Kaspersky Lab is announcing the availability of its Spam and Phishing in Q3 2018 report, which found that the company’s anti-phishing system prevented more than 137,382,124 attempts to visit fraudulent web pages. This amount continues the trend in fast growth of phishing attacks seen quarter over quarter in 2018.
With the continual increase in phishing attacks this year, in the third quarter, the number of phishing attempts exceed the amount in Q2 (107,785,069) by 27.5 percent. During the quarter, the financial segment was hit especially hard with more than a third of all the phishing attacks aimed at banks, payment systems and e-commerce organizations. This activity also proves further development of a trend Kaspersky Lab experts found in Q2, in which the figure was over 20 percent.
The country with the highest percentage of users attacked in Q3 was Guatemala with almost 19 percent, surpassing the leader of a previous quarter – Brazil. This country saw the second highest percentage of users attacked with 18.6 percent. The third place was taken by Spain, with 17.5 percent of users subjected to phishing attacks.
“We’ve been witnessing a rise in the number of phishing attempts for a while now,” said Nadezhda Demidova, security researcher at Kaspersky Lab. “Many factors influence such growth, like fraudsters’ ability to keep coming up with new schemes and tricks. They also borrow the ideas from foreign ‘colleagues’ to use on local markets as a means of communication, which further helps their technologies develop. For example, in Q3 they actively directed users to the fraudulent website with transmitters and scam-notifications, as well as by exploiting the new iPhone release as a news hook. As new technological and informational updates appear, phishers begin to exploit them.”
Kaspersky Lab experts advise users to take the following measures to protect themselves from phishing:
Find more details about spam and phishing in Q3 2018 on Securelist.com.
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