Of the more than 14M malicious URLs identified to date in 2021, 51% were credential stealing – the gateway to ransomware attack.
PLEASANTON, Calif. — October 12, 2021 — Human hacking – phishing attacks across all digital channels – has dramatically increased in 2021. SlashNext, the leader in AI-based spear-phishing and human hacking defense across digital channels, released its first Human Hacking report showing a 51% increase in attacks compared to 2020, and increasingly these attacks are happening outside of email.
“The cybersecurity industry has done a good job of protecting machines, but those efforts leave the most porous and vulnerable parts of any network – the humans using it – unprotected,” said Patrick Harr, SlashNext CEO. “Today’s hyper-targeted spear phishing attacks, coming at users from all digital channels, are simply not discernable to the human eye. Add to that the increasing number of attacks coming from legitimate infrastructure, and the reason phishing is the number one thing leading to disruptive ransomware attacks is obvious.”
Key findings of the report include:
The shifting phishing landscape, combined with cybercriminals being enabled with automation and access to data and intelligence, has quickly made human hacking the number one cyber threat. Previous security strategies, including secure email gateways, firewalls, and proxy servers are no longer stopping threats, especially as they move beyond email. Security training and human intervention are not practical solutions to stop the threats because the level of sophistication makes most attacks either not discernible to the human eye or engineered enough to draw in the most informed person.
The full report is available here
SlashNext is the authority on spear-phishing and human hacking, leading the fight together with its partners to protect the world’s internet users from targeted phishing anywhere. SlashNext 360° Defense Service utilizes our patented AI SEERTM technology to detect zero-hour phishing threats by performing dynamic run-time analysis on billions of URLs a day through virtual browsers and machine learning. Take advantage of SlashNext’s phishing defense services using mobile apps, browser extensions, and APIs that integrate with leading mobile endpoint management and IR services.