Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target is contacted by email, telephone or text message, and these days by mobile communication applications like WhatsApp, by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personal identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords.
The utilization of this information can lead to access of important accounts and can result in identity theft and financial loss.
Interesting Facts about Phishing
Phishing is today’s nastiest threat. It brings disastrous cybersecurity threats like ransomware in its wake. Cybercriminals are using devious techniques like social engineering and spear phishing to entice employees into clicking on or interacting with cleverly disguised phishing emails, with sometimes disastrous consequences.
These 10 facts about phishing in 2021 illustrate just how dangerous phishing is for your business.
- 75% of organizations around the world experienced some kind of phishing attack in 2020.
- 35% of organizations experienced spear phishing.
- 65% of organizations faced BEC attacks.
- 74% of organizations in the United States experienced a successful phishing attack.
- 65% of active cybercriminal gangs relied on spear phishing as the primary infection vector.
- Google has registered 2,145,013 phishing sites as of Jan 17, 2021. This is up from 1,690,000 on Jan 19, 2020 (up 27% over 12 months).
- A cyberattack is attempted every 39 seconds.
- 48% of malicious email attachments are Office files.
- 94% of malware is delivered by email.
- Phishing attacks account for more than 80% of reported security incidents.
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At OhPhish, we believe mitigating cybersecurity risks, especially those involving human error, begins with changing the cybersecurity hygiene of end-users. Our solution, which combines simulated phishing attacks with set-and-go training modules helps to improve awareness, alter user behavior and reduce the risk associated with social engineering attacks. Read More