Researchers at Google and Stanford analysed over a billion malicious emails to find out the reasons why and what makes the users of Gmail to get targeted the most

The experts of Google with Stanford have conducted a research about how the users get attached through different means. They analysed more than 1.2 billion suspicious emails, in which there was a chance of malware. They find out that 2FA is not a big factor spreading malware. Many people receive spam emails daily and mostly there are suspicious links attached to such emails if a person clicks or opens such a link unintentionally, he loses his data and it may possibly be leaked. Some people mistakenly open a third-party link. Once your data is leaked, you are always in a red zone. If a person is an older user and those who use both desktop and mobile devices are also at high risk of being attacked.

The researchers check such emails that were automatically blocked from Gmail because these were spam emails for five months. The team of researchers maintain the privacy of users, therefore, they focused on a whole data rather than focusing on an individual person’s data. Google made this research to protect its users from being attacked by the scammers because it could not only lose the data of users but also damage the reputation of the company.

The researchers checked the phishing and malware emails in seven days as a function of demographic location, security reasons, device access and if any prior attack happened to the Gmail account before, other types of security incident happened, because it is simple to understand that once the data has leaked from an account by a third-party breach then it is possible that the data may be stolen again, or such account can also become a victim.

This research took place at a time when the users were receiving a record number of malware emails especially during the pandemic situation when people were working from home for almost a year. According to a report, the pandemic situation has made a 14 percent increase in phishing attacks in the US. It is further concluded in research that those people whose data were leaked the first time were targeted again and again for five times. The attackers also access the age and country of access of users and they check whether they can easily get the demographic information of the users. The report further said that the data breaches depict users to lasting damage due to the lack of curative measures.

The researchers further said that the demographic location is also a big factor for being targeted by malicious emails, currently, the US is at the top of the list in which the users are targeted the most. Overall, 16 countries were revealed as a higher-risk country other than the US. However, researchers also find out that some countries in Europe and Africa have received more vulnerable emails even though the volume of malicious emails is high in the US.

Age is also a factor in being attack. There is another big factor which is an old user because there are more chances of being targeted if a person is using an email address for a long time because the attacker may find out that the larger online footprint. Those people are in the safer side who use Gmail from only mobile or only desktops. The amount of activity of users also matters and two-factor verification does not make a huge difference according to a report.

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