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    Phishing Attacks Rose by 220% At Pandemic Peak Amid Global COVID-Related Fears

    Phishing attacks

    At a time when the last thing we need is more phishing attacks, new data shows that cybercriminals have been stepping up their game, taking full advantage of the pandemic.

    In F5 Lab’s 2020 Phishing and Fraud Report, their security analysts characterize the nature of cyberattacks in 2020 as not “a revolution in the attackers’ methods but an evolution.”

    The pandemic has empowered cybercriminals with all the ammunition they need to successfully get the attention of a potential victim. As with any phishing attack, it’s necessary to get the emotional attachment of the recipient and create a sense of urgency; what better way than with a seemingly out of control global virus?

    According to the report, the overall growth over 12 months is only 15%, but mid-pandemic (if there is such a thing…) F5 Labs found a massive 2x spike in the amount of phishing attacks related to COVID. Also noted were some specifics around the attacks:

    • 55% of phishing sites had some form of brand impersonation in their URLs
    • 72% of all phishing sites secure their site with SSL/TLS
    • Nearly 15K SSL certificates were created with the words “covid” or “corona” in them

    It’s evident that scammers believe they shouldn’t let a perfectly good pandemic go to waste.

    The interesting part of this report is found in a chart that outlines the steps of a phishing attack:

    www.f5.comcontentdamf5-labs-v2articlearticlesthreats22--2020-oct-dec20201110_2020_phishing_reportfigStepsInAPhishingAttack

    Note right in the middle under “Execution” that one of two steps must be taken – both, of which, involve your users to act. That’s the secret; if you can educate your users via Security Awareness Training to NOT act, the attack chain stops right there and goes no further.

    Free Phishing Security Test

    Would your users fall for convincing phishing attacks? Take the first step now and find out before the bad guys do. Plus, see how you stack up against your peers with phishing Industry Benchmarks. The Phish-prone percentage is usually higher than you expect and is great ammo to get budget.

    PST Results

    Here’s how it works:

    • Immediately start your test for up to 100 users (no need to talk to anyone)
    • Select from 20+ languages and customize the phishing test template based on your environment
    • Choose the landing page your users see after they click
    • Show users which red flags they missed, or a 404 page
    • Get a PDF emailed to you in 24 hours with your Phish-prone % and charts to share with management
    • See how your organization compares to others in your industry

    PS: Don’t like to click on redirected buttons? Cut & Paste this link in your browser: https://info.knowbe4.com/phishing-security-test-partner?partnerid=001a000001lWEoJAAW

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