WhatsApp: Newest Attack Target for Mobile Phishing

WhatsApp: Newest Attack Target for Mobile Phishing

Phishing attacks aren’t nearly as successful as they used to be because by now people have learned to look out for the emails that ask them to provide sensitive details. While this is true for emails, it seems that pioneer attackers have embraced other ways of utilizing phishing attacks, namely through messaging services such as WhatsApp, Skype, and even plain old SMS.

Mobile phishing is an issue that shows no signs of abating anytime soon. According to Verizon, 90% of their recorded data breaches began with a phishing attack and right now mobile is an increasingly common attack vector. 

Recent research from Wandera shows a new trend among cyber-criminals toward mobile phishing. Every day, dozens of new attacks are detected and many of them last less than a day before being shut down and relocated elsewhere. These phishing attacks share many standard features, notably centering around the use of WhatsApp.

By Uladzislau Murashka

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