Portuguese Phishing grows in April

Attacks by phishing – fraudulent schemes designed to steal sensitive user data – more than tripled during April, reveals the latest report by the Symantec company, which points to the increase in attacks in Portuguese as one of the main factors responsible for growth.

According to the security firm’s monthly report, the 33 percent increase over March is largely due to an increase in attacks in French and Portuguese. Those written in the Portuguese language focus mainly on information services and the financial sector.

Despite this, Portugal is not on the list of countries identified as the main emitters of phishing messages, as is the case with France (which occupies the 6th place on the table) and Canada (3rd place) or Brazil, which joins the Top this month 10 – which may help to explain the strong incidence of the Portuguese language in emails destined for data theft. The table continues to be led by the USA.

State of Spam & Phishing, Symantec

With the increase seen, phishing schemes now account for 17 percent of the total spam sent in April – the month in which the volume of unsolicited messages remained at 89.22 percent, showing a slight decrease compared to 89 , 34 percent registered in March.

With regard to spam, globally considered, the United States is once again at the top of the table, being responsible for 24 percent of the total unsolicited email messages, followed by India, the Netherlands and Brazil, which occupies here the 4th place, with 4 percent of the share in charge (one percentage point less than the previous month).

Despite the slight decline in global spam, the share of the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa) continues to increase, accounting for 45.2 percent of all global spam sent in April, Symantec notices.