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Attacks to obtain identity approached 500 million in 2018

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Attacks to obtain identity approached 500 million in 2018

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 The Kaspersky Lab identity attack prevention system has blocked more than 482 million times of attempts to access fraudulent web pages in 2018. This number, which was 236 million in 2017, has doubled in a year. Phishing attacks have been on the rise for the last few years, but the results of 2018 have shown that the popularity of such attacks has risen significantly.

Kaspersky Lab, in its 2018 report on Spam and Phishing, also included other findings. The phishing method, which can be used for different purposes in a variety of ways, is among the most flexible social engineering attacks.

The only thing that an attacker wants to open a phishing page is to make a copy of a popular or trusted website and get users to enter their personal information. This includes bank account passwords, payment card details, or credentials for access to social media accounts.

Phishing attacks can also occur by allowing users to download a file attachment or click on a link and download malware to the computer. Such attacks can lead to the consequences of material damage to the capture of the entire corporate network.
Phishing attacks, especially in the form of a malicious link or file attachment, are among the most popular methods used for targeted attacks on organizations.

Security report
The big increase in 2018 is actually part of the long-running trend. In 2017 and 2016, there was a 15% increase compared to the previous year. However, a new peak was reached in 2018.
These attacks hit the financial sector, in particular, .44% of all phishing attacks detected by Kaspersky Lab technologies targeted banks, payment systems, and internet stores. This means that the number of financial phishing attacks in 2018 is almost equal to the total phishing attacks in 2017. The leader of phishing attacks was the leader in Brazil this year as well. 28% of attacked users were exposed to phishing attacks. Portugal, which ranks 7th in a year ago, ranked second with 23% this year, while Australia dropped to second place with 21%.

Kaspersky Lab Security Researcher Tatyana Sidorina says "Increasing the efficiency of the social engineering methods used to guide users to fraud pages is increasing the number of phishing attacks"
Also, she says that 'In 2018, we observed that the traditional traps used in Black Friday and holiday periods were also improved in addition to new methods such as false notifications.n general, fraudsters have now started to benefit more from important events such as the FIFA World Cup'

Here are the other findings in the 2018 spam and phishing report:

The rate of spam emails in all email traffic was 52.48%. This ratio is 4.15 points lower than in 2017. The biggest source of spam this year was China (11,69%). 
74.15% of spam e-mails were smaller than 2 KB
Harmful spam e-mails were most often detected with a filter named Win32.CVE-2017-11882.
The anti-phishing system gave warning 482.465.211 times.
18.32% of the single users encountered a phishing attack.
18.32% of the single users encountered a phishing attack.

Phishing attacks make your life bad.
Kaspersky Lab experts recommend that users protect themselves against phishing attacks: Always check the internet addresses in messages you don't know or expect. Make sure that the site you're forwarding, the link in the message, and even the email address of the sender are not redirecting the links to another location.
Do not enter your credentials if you are not sure whether the Web site is real and secure. Change your password immediately if you think you may have entered a username and password on a fake site. Call your bank or payment provider if you believe your card details have been received.

Use a secure connection, especially when visiting sensitive websites. Do not use a public Wi-Fi network that you do not know or have no password protection. When you use an insecure connection, cybercriminals can redirect you to phishing pages without your knowledge. For maximum protection, use a VPN solution that encrypts your data traffic, such as Kaspersky Secure Connection.

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