Top 5 phishing statistics of 2022

Published : Friday, July 22, 2022, 8:31 pm
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While 2022 is not over, phishers have already launched various attacks. Atlas VPN team compiled a list of the top five most notable phishing statistics and findings of 2022 so far to shine the light on the current cybercrime landscape.

#1 Almost 70% of email scammers leave the 'subject' line empty

If there is a tell-tale sign that the email one received is a phishing attempt is an empty subject line. Research finds that 67% of cybercriminals leave the subject line blank when sending malicious emails.

Other subject lines attackers use, although much less frequently, include 'Fax Delivery Report' (9%), 'Business Proposal Request' (6%), 'Request' (4%), 'Meeting' (4%), 'You have (1*) New Voice Message' (3.5%) , 'Re: Request' (2%), 'Urgent request' (2%), and 'Order Confirmation' (2%).

#2 LinkedIn users targeted in 52% of all phishing attacks globally in Q1 2022

Cybercriminals often utilize big brand names in their phishing attempts in hopes receivers will not notice the message is coming from an illegitimate source. In the first quarter of 2022, attackers most frequently chose LinkedIn as they go to brand.

Linkedin was used in over half (52%) of phishing scams worldwide — a 44% upshift from 8% in the previous quarter. It was the first time a social media brand outranked tech giants like Apple, Google, and Microsoft as phishers' favorites.

#3 ​​, Luno, and Cardano are the top-most phished crypto projects

Even with the cryptocurrency market going through hard times, cybercriminals continue to use crypto brands in their scams. One of their tactics is to set up fraudulent websites that look like legitimate brands with hopes of stealing sensitive information.

Cryptocurrency financial service company was the most spoofed crypto brand, with 662 phishing websites in the last 90 days (till June 22, 2022). Crypto investing app Luno is the second on the list with 277 phishing pages, followed by proof-of-stake blockchain platform Cardano with 191.

If you would like to learn more about the online crime landscape, we have prepared a report that overviews 60 Worrying Cybercrime Statistics.

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