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28+ Phishing Statistics You Should Be Aware Of In 2021

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Ann Fielding

last updated

March 2, 2021

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It’s an unfortunate fact that phishing scams and schemes are becoming more creative, targetting individuals and businesses in different ways. Phishing scams are designed to be luring, mimicking that of reputable businesses and organizations, making it easy to trap victims.

However, phishing scams can be avoided if you know what to look out for. Being aware of the latest phishing statistics as we go into 2021 is important for businesses and individuals around the world. Let’s take a look at the latest phishing statistics you should be aware of in 2021.

General Phishing Statistics 2021

  • 32% of confirmed data breaches involved phishing
  • In 2019, phishing was down by 42%
  • 86% of email attacks don’t contain malware
  • 38% of people who don’t undergo cyber awareness training fail phishing tests
  • 90% of phishing scams were discovered via secure email gateways
  • When it comes to the most imitated brand, Apple takes the number one spot for phishing scams

Business and Organization Phishing Statistics 2021

  • Between June 2016 and July 2019 $26 billion was lost globally to BEC/EAC crimes
  • $1.7 billion in losses results from BEC/EAC crimes in 2019
  • 49% of data breaches were the result of human error in 2019
  • The cost of human error data breaches was $3.5 million in 2019
  • 88% of organizations reports experiencing spear phishing
  • 84% of SMBs were targeted by phishing attacks
  • 57% of businesses say they experienced mobile phishing attacks at least once in 2019

Phishing Attack Methods Statistics

  • A new phishing website is launched every 20 seconds
  • 87% of phishing on mobile devices aren’t email-based
  • 74% of all phishing websites use HTTPS
  • During the first half of 2019, $1.5 million in Bitcoin payments was made to Sextortion scams
  • SaaS/Webmail represents 31% of the most targetted sectors for phishing attacks
  • 48% of malicious email attachments are Office files

COVID-19 Related Phishing Statistics

  • Google blocked more than 18 million COVID-19 phishing emails daily in one week in April 2020
  • Google blocked more than 240 million COVID related spam messages during the same time period
  • Between January 2020 and March 2020, 51,000+ Coronavirus-themed domains were registered
  • 94% of Coronavirus-related cyber attacks were phishing attacks across a 2 week period

Global Phishing Statistics

  • 31.16% of phishing attack victims in 2019 were in Venezuela
  • 65% of US organizations have been victims of phishing attacks that were successful
  • In 2019, China was the biggest source of spam with 21.26%
  • Between February 2019 and December 2019, Brazil’s phishing incidents increased by 232%
  • The Puerto Rico government lost $2.6 million in phishing attacks

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