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Spooky Phishing Trends Haunting the Cyberworld This Halloween

While the costumes and sweets have been packed away, the spirit of Halloween still lingers in the air, and it's the perfect time to uncover some digital horrors that persist year-round. There’s something even scarier lurking in the shadows of the digital world: phishing attacks. These deceptive cyber tricks are on the rise, and they come in all shapes and sizes. This year, we're taking a closer look at some alarming statistics featured in the latest Egress pulse report that should send shivers down the spine of anyone concerned about cybersecurity.


1. The Ghastly Art of Obfuscation (55.2%)

Phishing emails are evolving, and cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated in their tactics. A spine-chilling 55.2% of phishing emails now contain obfuscation techniques. Obfuscation means to make something difficult to understand; these techniques are used to disguise malicious content, making it harder for traditional security measures to detect them. It's like the invisible ghost haunting your inbox, and it's more common than you think.


2. The Haunting Rise of Compromised Accounts (11%)

In 2023, there's been an 11% increase in phishing attacks sent from compromised accounts. It's as if the cyber ghouls have found the keys to the castle. Cybercriminals are infiltrating legitimate accounts and using them to launch their sinister attacks, making it even harder for victims to discern the real from the fake.


3. Top 3 Favourite Haunts: Banking, Legal, and Healthcare

Phishing emails love to target specific industries, and the winners are banking and financial services, with legal in second place, and healthcare in third. It's no coincidence that these sectors are heavily regulated and contain valuable information, which is like a magnet for cyber spooks. Don't be surprised if you receive a "trick or treat" email in your work inbox.


4. The Art of Impersonation (23.5%)

One of the most chilling statistics is that 23.5% of phishing emails impersonate a known company. These emails mimic trusted brands and organisations, making it increasingly difficult to distinguish between friend and foe. It's like a classic horror movie plot twist - the person you thought you knew might be the villain.


5. Fear of AI Chatbots (72%)

In the world of cybersecurity, the rise of AI chatbots is causing nightmares. A whopping 72% of cybersecurity leaders have admitted that they're worried about the use of AI chatbots to improve phishing attacks. The integration of AI into cybercrime tactics is making phishing attempts eerily convincing, and the battle against these malevolent chatbots is a race against time.


Strengthening Your Cybersecurity with Egress Defend

Staying ahead of the game is crucial to safeguard your organisation from the latest trends in phishing. Egress Defend, a robust security solution from our reputable partner, is your trusted ally in this battle.

Egress Defend combines cutting-edge technology with AI-driven insights to fortify your defences. It's designed to identify and neutralise the most sophisticated phishing attempts, even those using obfuscation techniques. With the ability to detect anomalies and suspicious behaviours, it helps you stay one step ahead of the attackers. By leveraging the power of machine learning, Egress Defend keeps a watchful eye on your network, offering real-time protection against the rising tide of phishing attacks, including those emanating from compromised accounts.

Don't let the digital spooks catch you off guard. Egress Defend equips your organisation with the tools to prevent phishing threats and secure your digital realm. Whether it's Halloween or any time of the year, trust in Egress Defend to keep your cybersecurity defences strong.


Wrap Up and Secure Your Defences

As the echoes of Halloween fade into the distance, the digital realm remains a realm of hidden terrors. These chilling statistics serve as a year-round reminder that cybersecurity vigilance is always in season. To further fortify your defences against phishing ghouls, remember that knowledge is your most potent weapon. These stats were sourced from the Egress Pulse Report, which offers invaluable insights into the ever-evolving world of phishing.

If you're hungry for more knowledge and eager to enhance your organisation's security, we invite you to contact Billy Merrall for access to the full Pulse Report. With the comprehensive information it contains, you'll be well-prepared to fend off the digital spooks and goblins that lurk in the shadows of the cyberworld. Don't wait until the next Halloween to secure your digital realm; act today to safeguard your organisation. Happy Halloween and stay safe out there!




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