Phishing: No Big Gains in 2020

March 3, 2021

In our work for the DarkCyber video news program and the research for our lectures for law enforcement, the people assisting me have reported that phishing is a big deal. The FBI thinks so. Interpol thinks so. And my personal hunch is that some of the outfits hit by ransomware in 2020 think so.

The Proofpoint “State of the Phish” report wishes to provide some good news; to wit:

57 percent of organizations in seven countries revealed they were targets of a successful phishing attack in 2020, which is only a two percent increase over 2019.


The Tech News World article “Successful Phishers Make Slim Gains in 2020” seems to be optimistic. The write up reports:

the report noted that the number of respondents who told researchers that phishing attacks resulting in data loss increased 13 percent and those leading to credential compromise jumped 11 percent.

Concerning? Not enough to alter the positive spin the editors put on the article title.

If you want to read the original report, navigate to this Proofpoint link. You will have to fill out a form so that the company can keep you informed about phish and other topics.

Stephen E Arnold, March 2, 2021


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