According to Kaspersky Lab’s “spam and phishing in 2017” report, criminals used topics such as FIFA 2018 World Cup and Bitcoin in the last 12 months to trick users into stealing their money or personal information by following the global agenda.
Spam e-mail senders have been constantly monitoring global issues and important events to attract victims and turn them into money. The ongoing research of Kaspersky Lab on spam and phishing activities reveals that the methods of spammers continue to be effective because of users’ carelessness and trust. This means that users are more likely to follow false directions.
The FIFA 2018 World Cup, which the entire world is eagerly awaiting, was one of the topics that spammers used in 2017 intensely. Fake messages with official logos of your event included information about the organizers and sponsor brands, as well as content that indicated that users earned free tickets through the draw.
If 2017 was the most popular spam e-mail topic for phishing, crypto was the currency after Bitcoin’s incredible value. Researchers at Kaspersky Lab show an increase in blockchain fraud in the third quarter of 2017 had detected . Until the end of the year, a large number of different spam vehicles were detected.
According to Kaspersky Lab’s findings, the criminals used fake web sites that appeared to be crypto-currency sales sites and fake services such as allegedly providing cloud mining by hiring private data centers. Of course, in all these cases the victims were losing instead of making money. The criminals began using Bitcoin as bait in more traditional forms of fraud, such as fake lottery winnings. In addition to spam-sent targeted address databases, databases containing cryptographic currency users’ email addresses were also sent messages with promises of great opportunities.
The criminals sent many different kinds of malware hidden in the form of spam e-mails, Bitcoin winning, or crypto-currency trading tools. However, the software called Cryptolocker, which developers have requested for ransom as Bitcoin, was found to be less than spam e-mails.
In general, the amount of spam email in 2017 dropped by 1.68 points to 56.63% compared to 2016. On the other hand, there was an increase in phishing attacks. The Kaspersky Lab Anti-Phishing system warned a total of 246,231,645 times on Kaspersky Lab users’ computers. That means 59% more than in 2016.
Spam rates in email traffic in 2017
Darya Gudkova, Kaspersky Lab Spam Analysis Expert;
“Even though we saw a small decrease in spam activities in 2017, the criminals did not miss the opportunity to steal the personal information of the users by closely monitoring the world agenda throughout the year. As sports events such as FIFA World Cup or the like are organized, spam activity will also increase. We expect the spam and phishing attacks on cryptographic currencies to evolve and grow further in 2018, with the proliferation of currency diversity beyond Bitcoin, which is often used with manipulations over the past year, “he says.
Other key trends and statistics from Kaspersky Lab researchers in 2017 include:
- The most popular spam email source was the US (13.21%). Followed by China (11.25%) and Vietnam (9.85%) respectively. The top 10 also included India, Germany, Russia, Brazil, France and Italy.
- The country with the most target of harmful e-mails was Germany, which had a slight decrease of 2.12 points compared to 2016 (16.25%). Other countries in the top 10 were China, Russia, Japan, the UK, Italy, Brazil, Vietnam, France and BAE.
- The highest percentage of users affected by phishing attacks was Brazil (29.02%). Overall, 15.9% of single users using Kaspersky Lab products were attacked by phishing attacks.
Kaspersky Lab home users Kaspersky Total Security as well as phishing attacks for independent email clients and a robust security solution that can detect and block spam.
Operators are advised to use security solutions with specific functions that focus on detecting and blocking phishing attacks, malicious attachments and spam. E-mail systems in the business offices Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business package with targeted applications.
This year we also offer a new product, Kaspersky Security for Microsoft Office 365, to help our customers protect Exchange Online, the cloud-based e-mail service in the Microsoft Office 365 package.
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