92% of all viruses and malware are now delivered through email, due to it’s high rate of success.
By targeting email, hackers can bypass most firewalls and intrusion detection systems to gain the
information needed to access accounts. Below are some statistics that will help you remain vigilant,
as well as some resources to help raise awareness in regards to potential threats.
The most common disguises for malware are:
- Bill / invoice (15.9%)
- Email delivery failure (15.3%)
- Legal / law enforcement (13.2%)
- Scanned document (11.5%)
- Package delivery (3.9%)
The most successful phishing campaigns are from document sharing services such as Dropbox, Docusign etc. which is illustrated in the graph below.
Use these campaign posters to arm yourself with the knowledge you need to thwart potential attacks.
Here’s some examples of the most common phishing attempts. These are designed to get the user to enter sensitive information such as usernames/passwords, credit card information, bank account numbers etc.
REMEMBER: IF YOU DON’T EXPECT IT, REJECT IT!
Follow these questions for assistance in determining if the email you received is an attempt to steal your credentials.