Vishing Increased by 554% in 2021, Is It the Next Big Threat?

These days there are countless ways in which malicious actors can do a great deal of harm to organizations that are trying to earn a profit. These attacks can be quite varied, and the main consistent trend that can be noticed between them is that they are all increasing both in frequency as well as intensity with all things having been considered and taken into account. That is something that will likely cause further problems for organizations until and unless a solution is found.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that PhishLabs recently drafted a report that revealed just how much of an increase was seen in 2021. Social media attacks have seen a pretty drastic rise, and they more than doubled between the first and last quarters of 2021. This 103% increase is definitely a cause for alarm, but it is by no means the biggest increase that has been seen when you look at other attacks that are occurring in a similar capacity.

Taking a look at the findings in this report will show you that the biggest increase by far was seen in vishing. This is a hybrid attack that is similar to phishing except that you would receive a text based communication or perhaps even a call that would try to make you hand over personal information that you should ideally have tried to keep as private as possible.

By comparison, regular phishing increased by just 28% in 2021. That means that vishing might very well be the next big threat since malicious actors are moving to it now that they have realized that phishing might not be as effective as it used to be. What’s worse is that most people are not all that aware of it which might be why it has ended up being so successful, and if the current trend continues chances are that vishing will cost a lot of organizations quite a bit of money in the coming years.

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