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Entertainment the most effective lure for phishing attacks, claims PhishMe

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Phishermen are having to cast their nets ever wider in order to hook unwary victims

Cyber criminals are increasingly turning to entertainment-based methods to trick users into clicking the links on phishing scam emails, a study published today has suggested.

Around 20 per cent of successful phishing scams are based on entertainment triggers, according to anit-phishing security vendor PhishMe.

The company has released its annual Enterprise Phishing Resiliency and Defence Report, which explores the latest phishing and cyber attack trends.

It analysed more than 52 million phishing simulations from more than 1,400 of its customers across the world. From January 2015 to July 2017, researchers at the company examined tens of millions of phishing simulationsand investigated a number of real-life cyber attacks.

Responses were gathered from customers operating in 50 countries. These included Fortune 500 firms and public-sector organisations working across 23 industry verticals.

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