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CYREN Internet Threats Trend Report Shows 73 Percent Increase in Phishing URLs Related to PayPal

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CYREN Internet Threats Trend Report Shows 73 Percent Increase in Phishing URLs Related to PayPal

MCLEAN, Virginia, May 27, 2014 – CYREN (NASDAQ: CYRN), a leading provider of cloud-based security solutions, published its April 2014 Internet Threats Trend Report.  Among its findings, The CYREN GlobalView™ Security Lab revealed a 73 percent increase in the number of phishing attacks aimed at PayPal users. 

The upward trend illustrates the move by cybercriminals from less profitable spam to attacks that generate more revenue. PayPal remains the consistent favorite due to its wide acceptance across the internet and the ease with which funds can be transferred between accounts. 

During a two-week sampling taken during the first quarter of this year, CYREN researchers found the number of PayPal related phishing URLs increased from approximately 750 a day in Q4 2013 to more than 1,300 a day in Q1 2014. That increase made it the most heavily used lure at more than 18,600 phishing URLs during the two-week sample period. Other top brands used to lure email recipients were Apple, Poste Italiane, Barclays Bank, Battle.net and Sparkasse.

The first lottery scams involving the FIFA World Cup also appeared. Both of the previous World Cups in 2010 and 2006 were used for almost identical scams. CYREN partner PhishLabs observed a new wave of phishing attacks using residential IP address space and personal computers to install and host phishing sites. 

Additional findings included:

  • Android malware grew in complexity and included encrypted peer to peer functionality used to track user activity and steal data.  
  • Spam levels continued their downward trend, averaging 54 billion emails per day. The downward trend is due to several factors including the lower income per message, a reduction in affiliate revenue from spam, and the relative profitability of other attack vectors – illustrated by the increase in PayPal phishing. 
  • Diet spammers using the distribution of press releases to gain “legitimate” news featured on the Wall Street Journal and Reuters websites. 

The CYREN Internet Threats Trend Report is based on a comprehensive analysis of billions of daily transactions handled by the CYREN GlobalView Cloud Platform. To download the entire report, visit: www.CYREN.com/security-center.

CYREN is a leading provider of cloud-based security solutions that deliver powerful protection through global data intelligence. Regardless of the device or its location, CYREN’s easily deployed web, email, and anti-malware products deliver uncompromising protection in both embedded and Security as a Service (SecaaS) deployments. Organizations rely on CYREN’s cloud-based threat detection and proactive security analytics to provide up-to-date spam classifications, URL categorization and malware detection services. The CYREN GlobalView™ Cloud Platform leverages Recurrent Pattern Detection™ technologies to protect more than 550 million users in 190 countries. CYREN is traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) under the trading symbol “CYRN.” Visit the CYREN GlobalView Security Center or go to www.CYREN.com.

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