RSA: More Phishing, Ransomware, Polymorphism Define Modern Threat Landscape

13th February 2017 By Tara Seals


For every new phishing URL impersonating a financial institution, there were more than seven impersonating technology companies.


The data was collected throughout 2016 by Webroot, and demonstrates a significant change since 2015, when the ratio was less than one to three. This increase may indicate that it is easier to phish a technology account, and that due to password reuse, they can be more valuable to hackers as a gateway to other accounts.


According to Webroot’s 2017 Threat Report, released at RSA, the top three phishing targets in 2016 were Google, Yahoo and Apple.


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