“The sustained increase into 2016 shows phishers launching more sites, and is cause for concern,” noted Aaron.APWG Chairman Dave Jevans warned, “Globally, attackers using phishing techniques have become more aggressive in 2016, with keyloggers that have sophisticated tracking components to target specific information, and organizations such as retailers and financial institutions that top the list.” The report named that the retail/service sector as the most-targeted industry during the first quarter, with 42 percent of attacks. The financial and payment services sector followed, with 18 percent and 14 percent, respectively.
- The United States remained the number one nation hosting phishing websites.
- China was the most-infected country, with a 51.35 percent infection rate.
- In Q1 2016, 20 million new malware samples were captured – nearly 67 percent of them were classified as Trojans.