Phishing Scams are the Most Common Cyber Attack, Says FBI

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An FBI report shows worrying trends in cyber security

The FBI’s report on cybercrime comes out once a year, and has recently shown some worrying trends in cybersecurity. See the article : Anderson University Cybersecurity Center Open to Businesses. Namely, that it is more and more represented from year to year.

In addition to the exponential growth of complaints about cyber-attacks and the money lost due to such cyber-attacks, the FBI found that phishing scams were the most widespread in significant quantities.

Of the nearly 850,000 complaints filed with the FBI regarding cyber-attacks, more than one-third (323,972) related to phishing scams, and the next in frequency are non-payment scams with only 82,478 complaints. What’s worse, a specific subset of this category, Business Email Compromise (BEC) – a phishing scam against a company used to infiltrate its data and operations – makes 19,954 complaints, resulting in a loss of $ 2.4 billion in 2021 . years.

“The business email compromise continues to grow and evolve, targeting small local businesses to larger corporations and personal transactions,” the FBI wrote in a report.

Suffice it to say that companies need to be especially careful when it comes to upholding their cybersecurity standards to prevent significant losses. So what can you do?

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