The MarkMonitor Fraud Intelligence Report for the first quarter of 2012 is now available. The findings are:
Phishing Attacks Extended a Growth Trend to Three Quarters
Phish attack volume jumped 28% from the previous quarter to 166,022 attacks.
Brands Targeted Continued to Grow
The number of targeted brands increased 14% from the fourth quarter to 587.
Attacks per Brand Also Continued to Grow over the Last Three Quarters
Attacks per brand volume grew 12% from Q4 2011 to 283.
Payment Services Returned to Its Position as the Second Most Popular Phishing Sector
The Payment Services sector returned to its position as the second most phished industry with 22% of attacks. The Financial sector continued to be the most phished industry, accounting for 38% of phish attacks. The Retail/Service sector dropped to third place with 14% of all phish sites. Retail/Service phishing declined 33% from the previous quarter.
Several Industry Sectors Showed Major Increases
Payment Services phish attacks jumped 73% to 35,810 attacks. Social Networking phish jumped 221% to 9,974 attacks. ISP phish grew 166% to 8,352 attacks. Government sector phish increased 82% from the previous quarter to 2,242 attacks.
Most Phishing Attacks Target Brands from Five Countries
The U.S., China, Brazil, Spain and the U.K. accounted for 90% of phishing attacks in Q1 2012. The share of phishing attacks targeting American brands grew to 59% from 48% in the previous quarter, while the share of attacks targeting Chinese brands declined to 13% from 25%.
Five Countries Host Over 2/3 of Phishing Attacks
The top five phish-hosting countries – the U.S., Germany, Hong Kong, Russia and the U.K. – accounted for 68% of phishing sites this quarter. The share of phishing attacks hosted in Hong Kong declined to 4% from 11% in the previous quarter.
For more detail, download the report here:
MarkMonitor Fraud Intelligence Report, Q1 2012