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WOW, Phishing Attacks Are Now More Common Than Malware
Microsoft’s security team is uniquely positioned to analyze trends in cyber security threats. Their frequent Security Intelligence Reports (SIR) are an excellent indicator of these trends. Redmond's numbers are based on their internal scan of O365 email addresses. Get the latest SIR here. And here is the big news. The most recent SIR indicates that phishing attacks are now by far the most frequent threat to the cyber landscape, increasing a massive 250% since the publication of the previous report. They analyzed over 470 billion and concluded that not only are phishing attacks much more frequent, but also significantly increased in sophistication in a short amount of time. Phishing Is Now The Criminal Preferred Practice. Phishing attacks have been trending upward for some time, but Microsoft’s data indicates that they are now becoming the preferred practice of criminals. The techniques employed are also quite diverse.
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