How Modern Email Phishing Attacks Have Organizations On The Hook

Mailbox_Targets.pngIsraeli anti-phishing vendor IronScales came out with an interesting new report about phishing trends.

They looked at more than 8,500 attacks that bypassed spam filters, from more than a hundred of their customers covering over half a million mailboxes, to better understand phishing, attack patterns, and phishing techniques & tools.

Here are some key findings:

  • About 77% of the attacks targeted 10 mailboxes or less
  • One third of the attacks targeted just one mailbox
  • Nearly half of the attacks lasted less than 24 hours
  • But 35% spanned 12 months or more, in drip-campaign style
  • Hyper-personalized targeting has proven effective at social engineering people susceptible to emails written with a personal touch

Their point is that phishing attacks are getting more sophisticated and are micro-targeted so that they easily bypass rule- and signature-based spam filters. We agree.

You can get their full report here:

Topics: Phishing

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