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Phishing scams – a deep dive into this year’s cyber attack trends

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Phishing scams – a deep dive into this year’s cyber attack trends

There’s no doubt email is the number one vector used to initiate attacks on organisations, and of those email attacks, phishing is king. According to a recent survey Mimecast conducted with Vanson Bourne, 94% of enterprise organisations had seen untargeted phishing attacks in the last 12 months, and 92% had seen targeted spear phishing attacks incorporating malicious links.

So, what’s contributing to this rise? We’re seeing hackers increasingly seeking to hijack popular events. In recent weeks, phishing scams have targeted events like the FIFA World Cup, and the end of financial year in Australia as people prepare to do their tax returns.

One notable campaign preying on unsuspecting football fans during the FIFA World Cup promised users the ability to download a match schedule, or to obtain a free pair of Adidas shoes - via a malicious link. Scams like this illustrate the difficulty of protecting...(continued)

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