What correspondence applications are the favorite of fraudsters

Anonymous data with Kaspersky voluntary users of Kaspersky Internet Security for Android have discovered which correspondence applications are the most popular among fraudsters who deal with phishing.

The largest share of malicious links detected from December 2020 to May 2021 was sent via WhatsApp (89.6%) and significantly less via Telegram (5.6%). Viber was in third place with a share of 4.7%, and Hangouts had less than 1%.

The countries with the highest number of phishing attacks were Russia (46%), Brazil (15%) and India (7%), while Serbia is in the group of countries with the lowest number of detections of such messages, in 102nd place, on the list on which has 145 countries. Globally, 480 attempts at phishing attacks were recorded daily.

Messaging apps surpassed the popularity of social networks in 2020, and became the most popular communication tool. These applications reached the number of 2.7 billion users in 2020, and it is expected that by 2023, their number will increase to 3.1 billion, which is almost 40% of the world’s population.

Thanks to the fact that Kaspersky Internet Security for Android got a new Safe Messaging option, which prevents users from opening malicious links they receive in chat applications, including WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram, Hangouts, but also via SMS, Kaspersky researchers were able to to analyze anonymous clicks on phishing links in these applications. Thus, 91,242 phishing links were discovered in the period from December 2020 to May 2021.

The largest number of malicious links was discovered in WhatsApp, partly due to the fact that it is the most popular messenger in the world. The largest share of such messages was recorded in Russia (42%), Brazil (17%) and India (7%).

Kaspersky Internet Security had the least detection for Telegram, but the situation is geographically similar to that of WhatsApp. The highest number of malicious links was detected in Russia (56%), India (6%) and Turkey (4%). The high numbers in Russia are probably a consequence of the increased popularity of Telegram in this country.

Viber and Hangouts had fewer phishing links detected. The key difference between them is regional representation. The highest number of discoveries in Viber is mainly in Russia with 89%, Ukraine 5% and Belarus 2%, and the highest number of discoveries in Hangouts was in the USA (39%) and France (39%).

In terms of the number of phishing attacks recorded per user on WhatsApp, Brazil (177) and India (158) were in the lead. At the same time, Russian users have become leaders in the number of detections on Viber (305) and Telegram (79) compared to other countries.

In order not to fall victim to such a scam yourself, Kaspersky advises you to always look for misspelled words or other abnormalities in the links.

It is common for fraudsters to ask users to share malicious links with their contacts, to whom in that case nothing will seem suspicious since the link is sent by a person they know. So refrain from sharing links for which you yourself are not sure what is behind them.

Scammers often use messengers to communicate with potential victims they have encountered on legitimate websites, such as online stores or sites to find and book accommodation. Even if messages and websites look legitimate, hyperlinks probably have some spelling mistakes and can redirect you to another location.

If you receive a link message from one of your best friends, keep in mind that your friends’ accounts may also be hacked. Even if the message seems harmless to you, be careful with the links and attachments in the messages, no matter who the sender is.

Experts also recommend that you install a reliable security solution because it can warn you of such dangers.

Source: Informacija.rs by www.informacija.rs.

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