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06/21/2022

Phishing Attacks Broke All Records in the First Quarter of 2022

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Ransomware attacks were the most notorious forms of cyber attacks that were recorded in 2021, but with all of that having been said and now out of the way it is important to note that 2022 is shaping up to be the year of the Phish so to speak. The first quarter of 2022 saw record breaking numbers of phishing attacks occurring, with total attacks exceed a million in a quarter for the very first time to reach 1,025,968 in total.

Also, March turned out to be the worst month for phishing victims by far, as per APWG data. There were over 384,000 phishing attacks conducted in the month of March alone which indicates that these attacks are really increasing in their frequency. Nearly a quarter of these attacks, or 23.6% to be precise, focused on the financial sector with banks being an especially popular target for malicious actors because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up allowing them to gain access other people’s financial details and accounts.

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