Adversaries constantly look for new techniques to make their phishing attacks more effective; bait attacks are one of those techniques. Most phishers leverage bait attacks to estimate which victim is willing to respond to their phishing scams. The latest report from cybersecurity solutions provider Barracuda revealed that bait attacks launched via free email services like Gmail make organizations in Asia-Pacific vulnerable to phishing and other email threats. More than 10,500 (35%) organizations worldwide admitted that they’d been targeted by at least one bait attack in September 2021.
To avoid detection, most bait attacks are launched using new email accounts from free email services, such as Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo! Mail. The analysis reveals that 91% of phishers use Gmail to launch bait attacks.