Germany hit with 40,000 phishing attacks

Pedro Gonçalves
Germany hit with 40,000 phishing attacks

There has been over 40,000 reported phishing attacks on German online banking users in the last decade according to a new research.

According to the statistics compiled by, the number of officially reported phishing attacks in Germany tripled between 2008 and 2010 and reached its first peak in 2011 with 6,422 cases. During the next twelve months, the number of phishing schemes halved, but not for long because the increasing trend continued in the following years.

In 2014, the number of phishing attacks in Germany reached almost 7,000 incidents. Since then, it has been decreasing for about 40% in year-on-year time, resulting in 723 cases in 2018.

Still, the downsizing trend in the number of German banking phishing cases also reflects some significant changes in this type of cyber-attack. Since mass phishing waves are easier to detect, most of the attacks have become personalized and highly targeted.

The combined number of global phishing sites detected in Q2 2019 was 182,465, or nearly 25% more compared to Q4 2018. Nearly 40% of all phishing attacks in the first half of 2019 were targeted towards payment services and the financial industry.

The 2019 data show SaaS and webmail sites continue to be the most prominent targets of phishing globally.


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