Hackers are constantly adapting their phishing distribution techniques emails. However, report your email address or other personal information to infringement data, makes you five times more likely to be targeted by malicious agents. According to ZDNet, Google has partnered with Stanford University, to analyze over one billion phishing emails that hackers tried to send to its users gmail, between April and August 2020, and found that the leak of personal information in violation of third party data after hacking attack, significantly increases the chances of being targeted by phishing or malware spam emails, compared to users whose details have not been published.
Other factors that may make you more vulnerable to phishing attacks, according to Google, are:
- The area where you live: For example, users in Australia were twice as likely to be hacked as those in USA, although the US seems to be the most popular target of cybercriminals.
- It is worth noting that the chances of attack were 1,64 times higher for those aged 55-64, compared to those aged 18-24.
- Furthermore, those who use only mobile phones were less likely to be attacked - 0,80X compared to users of many devices. According to Google, this may be due to socio-economic factors related to device ownership, as well as the fact that hackers target more affluent groups.
Google says it blocks 99% of the hundreds of millions of emails that contain spam, phishing links and malware sent by cybercriminals on a daily basis. There are some specific tactics that hackers use in an attempt to circumvent protection. This includes campaigns with fast switching and email templates that are sent only in a short time. Sometimes campaigns can take less than a day before hackers try to use a different email fraud template.
According to Google, phishing is an ever-evolving type of attack, so research is needed to ensure that users are protected as much as possible from such attacks. While users targeted by phishing emails tend to change from week to week, the pattern of attacks remains largely the same.
Geography plays a big role whether hackers will attempt to phishing users on USA (which are the most popular targets), accounting for 42% of attacks. The following follows United Kingdom, which targets 1/10 phishing attacks, and Japan, targeting 1/20 phishing attacks.
While hackers mainly use English in messages sent to countries around the world, there are areas where emails are tailored to specific languages. For example, 78% of user-targeted attacks in Japan were adapted to Japanese, while 66% of user-targeted attacks in Brazil were adapted to Portuguese.
Google also notes that phishing and malware in Gmail are enabled by default, but also encourages users to use the Security Check feature for personalized tips on how to keep their inbox safe from phishing and other malware. attacks. Also, corporate users are advised to use the advanced protection against phishing and malware.