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Phishing for the big phish in United Kingdom’s plentiful waters

by Ólöf Kristjánsdóttir

Email Security Phishing Web Security

In 2014, the phishing URLs tracked by CYREN increased dramatically, rising 233% from the previous year. Why did this number increase? One reason is the potential for monetary gain. Cyber criminals use phishing attacks to steal personally sensitive and identifiable information from users. Sometimes this is to gain access to your online bank and transfer money directly to their own accounts. Often though, they will sell the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on the black market where it will accrue almost ten times more value than credit card information.

Phishing attack on popular German bank

by Ólöf Kristjánsdóttir

Industry Insights Phishing Web Security

Last week, the CYREN team detected a massive phishing attack on customers of the German bank Postbank, with more than 50,000 new phishing URLs detected within the first 24 hours. Phishing emails are traditionally sent to a massive group of people, in the hope that among the recipients are actual customers of the brand and within that group there are unsuspecting users that will click the phishing link and complete whatever information request is included. In this case the email and phishing site look very similar to the legitimate Postbank website and so it is hard for regular users to see that this is actually phishing scam and unfortunately, enough people will fall victim to the scammer’s attempts. 

Classic Scams: Paypal and Dating Phishing Emails Just Won’t Go Away

by Ólöf Kristjánsdóttir

Phishing Web Security

Cyren analyzes the latest examples of PayPal and dataing phishing emails, variations on themes that have been used successfully by cybercriminals for years.

Addressing the Growing Threat of Phishing Attacks

by Sylvain Lejeune

Phishing Web Security

Phishing attacks have seen considerable growth over the past few years. Here are just a few of the astounding facts:

  • In 2013, CYREN observed a 264% increase in phishing scams.
  • Almost 70% of all IT professionals observe and experience a phishing attack at least once a week.
  • PayPal remains the #1 target of phishing, with over 1,000 new PayPal phishing sites every day.

Home Depot Breach Results in First Phishing Scam

by Avi Turiel

Phishing Security Research & Analysis Web Security

It didn’t take long for scammers to catch a ride on the Home-Depot-data-breach wave. Last week, CYREN caught and blocked emails claiming to be from American Express, containing the “subject header” “American Express – Security concern on Data breach at Home Depot.” 

A Little Phishing Story

by John Callon

Phishing Web Security

Learn why Locky’s spectacular rise is alarming for cybersecurity professionals - design, time and resources invested by the cybercriminal, and delivery method.