Phishing Statistics

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Phishing Statistics

  • Worldwide, 88% of organizations were targeted by spear phishing.
  • In the U.S., 65% of organizations suffered a successful phishing attack.
  • Phishing attacks, in 2018, cost on average 3.92 million dollars to the targeted organization.
  • 96% of phishing attacks are launched by email.
  • 65% of cybercriminals use spear phishing as the primary infection vector of targeted attacks.
  • 96% of phishing attacks are seeking to gather intelligence. Financial incentive is the motive for 6% of phishing attacks.
  • According to the FBI’s Internet Crime report, cybercriminals made $1.8 billion in 2019. Organizations reported only half that amount in losses.
  • In the second quarter of 2020, BEC attacks were responsible for an average loss of $80,183 per wire transfer. This is an increase from $54,000 in the first quarter.
  • Phishing attacks were present in 32% of all confirmed data breaches.
  • In 2019, human error data breaches cost an average of $3.5 million.
  • 57% of organizations reported being targeted by mobile phishing attacks.
  • In the first half of 2019, sextortion scams made $1.5million from victims.
  • 1 in 10 spear phishing emails consists of sextortion attacks.
  • 71% of all sextortion victims are minors.
  • A new phishing site is created every 20 seconds.
  • Each month, there is1.5 million new phishing sites created.
  • Cybercrime rose 600% since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
  • Google blocked roughly 240 million COVID- related email spam messages per day in a one week period.
  • In a two week period, phishing attacks comprised 94% of coronavirus-related cyber attacks.
  • Sophisticated phishing emails are difficult to detect. 97% of users were unable to recognize one.
  • Users open 30% of phishing emails, and 12% click on the link or attachment.
  • 78% of users click on links in unsolicited emails, even though they report they are familiar with the risks.
  • 1 in every 8 employees will disclose information to a phishing site.
  • Since 2016, phishing emails that included ransomware rose to 97.25%.
  • In the first half of 2020, there were 540 data breaches documented in the U.S.
  • Phishing attacks were responsible for 22% of all data breaches in 2020.
  • 81% of all spear phishing attacks are brand impersonation scams.
  • 56% of  IT experts report that phishing attacks are their top security threat.
  • Six out of ten SMBs that are victimized by cybercrime fail within 6 months.
  • Nine out of ten phishing emails found their way past Secure Email Gateways, as reported by Cofense.

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