[AfrICANN-discuss] MarkMonitor Fraud Intelligence Report, Q4 2011

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Fri Feb 17 20:14:49 SAST 2012

 MarkMonitor Fraud Intelligence Report, Q4

17, 2012 9:08 AM PS
 By *MarkMonitor* <http://www.circleid.com/members/3844/>  (Sponsored Post)

The MarkMonitor Fraud Intelligence Report for the fourth quarter of 2011 is
now available. The findings are:

*Phishing Attacks Increased Substantially from Previous Quarter* – Phish
attack volume jumped 25% from the previous quarter to 130,065 attacks.

*Brands Targeted Returned to Growth* – The number of targeted brands
reversed its decline and increased 6% from the third quarter to 517.

*Attacks per Brand Continued to Grow* – Attacks per brand volume grew 18%
from Q3 2011 to 252.

*Financial Sector Phish Grew Further* – The Financial sector continued to
be the most phished industry, accounting for 41% of phish attacks.
Financial sector phish increased 15% from the previous quarter to 53,049
attacks and was up 13% from a year ago.

*Retail Sector Displaced Payment Services as Second Most Popular Phishing
Sector* – The Retail/Service sector, with 26% of phish in the fourth
quarter, surpassed the Payment Services sector to become the second most
phished industry. Retail/Service phishing accelerated its already rapid
rise, growing 130% to 33,497 attacks. The Payment Services sector accounted
for 16% of phish.

*American and Chinese Brands Targeted by Almost 3/4 of Phishing Attacks* –
American brands accounted for 48% of phishing attacks, followed by Chinese
brands with 25% of phish. The U.K. trailed with 7% of phish and Brazil with
6%. Spain rounded out the top 5 countries with 3.6% of phish in the fourth
quarter. Phishing attacks also targeted brands in South Africa, Canada and

*United States and Hong Kong Host Close to 2/3 of Phishing Attacks* – Phish
hosted in the U.S. accounted for 51% of phishing attacks, while Hong Kong
accounted for 11%. The remaining countries that round out the top 5 hosting
countries, Germany, the U.K. and Canada, hosted 4% to 3.5% of attacks.
Other important hosting countries included Brazil, the Netherlands, China,
Australia and Russia.
*Phish Attacks by Industry Sectors* – Q4 201

For more detail, download the report here: MarkMonitor Fraud Intelligence
Report, Q4 2011<https://www.markmonitor.com/download/report/Fraud_Report-Q4_2011.pdf>
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