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Kim Kardashian Tops #1 Scam of 2018 in dfndr lab Cybersecurity Report

Learn which cyber attacks you should know about from the past year.

dfndr lab’s latest cybersecurity report rounds up the types and sources of attacks that 6.4 potential Android users were exposed to last year.

Where Attacks Originated From
The top sources of attacks were:

  • Browsers – 69.7%
  • SMS – 15.7%
  • Messaging apps (WhatsApp/Messenger) – 14.6%

This shows a clear boost in SMS scams which the dfndr lab security team has predicted previously.

Categories of Attacks
The types of attacks are interesting, showing an increase in hackers using notifications permissions to spread fraudulent ads, which was number one at 49.8%.

Second is generic phishing scams (19.3%) that entail malware downloads, social media phishing, phony services, paid mobile services, and more. Things like malware downloads and  

Finally, fake promotions and giveaways occupies the third spot at 11.1% which families can fall victim to. Due to lifestyle pressures in today’s economy, families are typically seeking deals and can be highly influenced by promotions or giveaways that promise something that’s “too good to be true.”

Top Scams of Last Year
The report also analyzed the top 3 scams of 2018.

  1. Leaked Kim Kardashian pictures – the scam promised leaked photos of the reality star but led victims to grant notifications permissions and instead of seeing photos more spam ads appeared. This scam had 893K clicks and shares.
  2. Bestadbid advertising pop-ups – a victim encountering this scam may have originated from a gaming site, adult site or a pirated movie site and were asked to grant notifications permissions, which led to more malicious ads. This scam had ‍437.8K clicks and shares.
  3. Fake Visa gift card – users were prompted to provide personal information to win a bogus gift card, subsequently putting them at risk for identity theft or a malware attack This scam had ‍437.5K clicks and shares.

Gender is a Factor
As CEO, Marco DeMello states in the report’s opening letter, “Online scams are also influenced by gender – American men were victims in 62.1% malicious URL attacks, compared to only 37.9% of women. 2 of the top 3 scams detected by dfndr lab were fraudulent advertisements. These types of scams commonly originate from adult sites, online gaming or pirated movie sites.”

Men and women have different browsing goals, which can make men more vulnerable to attacks.

dfndr lab is Here to Serve You
The security team at dfndr lab is dedicated to bringing you real-time reporting and detection of cyber attacks and how they affect you daily. Feel free to click on the image below and review full cybersecurity report and get educated on what scams to watch out for:

Your best defence to fight against the ever changing methods of hackers is to download and activate an antivirus app. The dfndr security app is built with proprietary AI technology to anticipate, detect, and block malicious links that appear in your browser, SMS, or messaging apps.