Social Media Attacks Doubled in 2021: PhishLabs 

Social media as a threat channel saw a two-fold increase in attacks throughout 2021, according to the latest Quarterly Threat Trends & Intelligence Report from PhishLabs by HelpSystems, the leading provider of digital risk protection solutions.

In Q4 and throughout 2021, PhishLabs analyzed hundreds of thousands of phishing and social media attacks targeting enterprises, their employees, and brands. The report provides an analysis of the latest findings and insights into key trends shaping the threat landscape.

According to the findings, the number of social media attacks per target increased 103% from January 2021, when enterprises were experiencing an average of just over one threat per day. In December, enterprises averaged over 68 attacks per month, or more than two per day.

Additional Key Findings

  • Hybrid Vishing (voice phishing) attacks initiated by email increased 554% in volume from Q1 to Q4.
  • Phishing volume has grown 28% year-over-year, with half of all phishing sites observed in Q4 being staged using a free tool or service.
  • Malware delivered via email nearly tripled in Q4, led by a resurgence in Qbot and ZLoader attacks. 
  • 70% of advertisements for stolen data took place on chat-based services and carding marketplaces in Q4. 
  • The percentage of attacks targeting financial institutions increased from 33.8% in Q1 to 61.3% of all phishing sites observed in Q4.

Additional Resources

To learn more about the report findings and what recent changes to the threat landscape mean for businesses, attend the live webinar at 2 PM EST today or watch on-demand: https://www.phishlabs.com/webinars/details/?commid=528515.

To access the complete PhishLabs Quarterly Threat Trends & Intelligence Report, visit:m https://info.phishlabs.com/quarterly-threat-trends-and-intelligence-february-2022.

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