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Recent Trends in the Threat Landscape

Raymond W. Burroughs

The reports are out for the Winter 2018-2019 main attack vectors, and unsurprisingly, almost everything is up.  Proofpoint reports on many of the most important statistics facing organization.  They report 30% of phishing and malware attacks targeted generic email accounts, 60% of attacks spoofed 5 or more people and 80% of attacks were sent to more than 6 people within an organization. Furthermore, 40% of targeted organizations received more than 50 fraudulent emails (4x year-over-year).  Similarly, fraudulent support via social media account phishing was up an astonishing 442% year-over-year.  Research and Development teams were the most heavily targeted.