Phishing attack shatters all previous year’s records

As per the APWG (Anti-Phishing Working Group), the international coalition unifying the global response to cybercrime across industry, government and law-enforcement sectors and NGO communities, the 4th quarter 2016 report based on the phishing activity, has shattered all previous records.

Here are some highlights:

  • The total number of phishing attacks in 2016 was 1,220,523, a 65% increase over 2015.
  • In the 4th quarter of 2004, the APWG saw 1,609 phishing attacks per month. In the 4th quarter of 2016, APWG saw an average of 92,564 phishing attacks per month, an increase of 5,753% over 12 years.
  • Fraudsters in Brazil are using both traditional phishing and social media to defraud Internet users. They are also using technical tricks to make it harder for responders to stop theses scams.
  • Phishers concentrated on fewer targets during the holiday season, and hit fewer lower – yielding or experimental targets.
  • Phishers didn’t need to choose domain names that help fool victims.
  • The country that is most plagued by malware is China, where 47.09% of machines are infected, followed by Turkey (42.88%), and Taiwan (38.98%).


APWG member Panda Labs found an average of 190,000 new malware samples per day in Q4 2016. This is the lowest figure for 2016. The following data shows the proportion of malware created in Q4 2016 by type:

New Malware Strains in Q4 % of Malware Samples
Trojans 70.03%
Virus 11.61%
Worms 9.93%
Adware / Spyware 2.05%
PUPs 6.38%


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