Recent research shows that email scammers are sending less malware-infected messages. Instead they are choosing to use phishing techniques to steal credentials directly because they are harder to detect.
In simple terms, phishing is a type of online scam in which criminals pretend to be a legitimate company, using texts, emails and other related messages. The goal is to convince you to hand over your personal information – like passwords.
Phishing has become the most popular method of credential theft making up 57 percent of scam messages. Malware infected payloads are becoming less common, just 12 percent of scam messages. A staggering 45 percent of all phishing attacks were aimed at Microsoft Office users!