Phishing Facts

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In 2016, 89% of all attacks involve financial or espionage motivations.Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report 2016
30% of phishing messages were opened in 2016 – up from 23% in the 2015 report.Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report 2016
95% of breaches and 86% of security incidents fall into nine patterns.Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report 2016
70% of cyberattacks use a combination of phishing and hacking.Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report 2016
63% of confirmed data breaches involved weak, default or stolen passwords.Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report 2016
The top 3 industries affected by security incidents are public, information and financial services.Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report 2015
50% of recipients open e-mails and click on phishing links within the first hour of being sent.Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report 2015
Almost half of all phishing attacks registered in 2016 were aimed at stealing victim’s money.Kaspersky Lab 2016 Report
Phishing emails include fake notifications from banks, e-payment systems, email providers, social networks, online games, etc.Kaspersky Lab 2016 Report
e-Mail phishing rate is 1 in 1,846.Symantec Internet Security Threat Report
34.9% of all spear-phishing e-mail was directed at an organization in the financial industry.Symantec Internet Security Threat Report
The number of spear-phishing campaigns targeting employees increased by 55%.Symantec Internet Security Threat Report
The APWG announced that the number of observed phishing attacks in Q1 2016 was higher than any total since 2004.Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG)