1 min read

Phishing Campaigns Boosting Success with Google Analytics

Silviu STAHIE

November 07, 2019

Ad One product to protect all your devices, without slowing them down.
Free 90-day trial
Phishing Campaigns Boosting Success with Google Analytics

Cybercriminals behind phishing campaigns are using Google analytics for their websites, enabling attackers to gather relevant data that can boost their success, an Akamai study found.

Phishing kit developers have integrated web analytics into the software sold on the dark web, which gives attackers a wealth of data and reports that include page views, geographical location for users, and a lot of other information.

According to Akamai researcher Tomer Shlomo, the platform phishing kit developers most commonly use is Google Analytics. The analytics even tracks the user’s behavior on websites, the time people spend on page, the number of users, the number of people that fill out the forms, what they clicked on to get to the website, and much more.

“Akamai scanned 62,627 active phishing URLs of which 54,261 are non-blank pages that belong to 28,906 unique domains. We discovered 874 domains with UIDs and 396 of the UIDs were unique Google Analytic accounts. Moreover, 75 of the UIDs were used in more than one website,” explained Tomer Shlomo. “Analytics are just another brick in the phishing industry wall, representing the operational side used by developers to improve kits, and gather stats on campaign effectiveness. Overall, what we’ve shown here is another instance where criminals abuse legitimate services for malicious purposes.”

Phishing campaigns show no sign of slowing down, and the latest data indicates an opposite trend. 2019 saw the most significant number of phishing emails in the past three years aimed at companies and individuals, and the forecast is not optimistic.

Phishing is also referred to as social engineering. Attackers prompt users to enter their data into fraudulent websites that resemble authentic ones, allowing criminals to compromise other systems using real credentials. A good rule of thumb is that online services, financial institutions and other companies never ask for personal information over the Internet or the phone.

tags


Author



Right now

Top posts

Bitdefender Study Reveals How Consumers Like (and Dislike) Managing Passwords

Bitdefender Study Reveals How Consumers Like (and Dislike) Managing Passwords

October 26, 2021

3 min read
What are drive-by download attacks and how do you prevent them?

What are drive-by download attacks and how do you prevent them?

October 25, 2021

2 min read
Criminals Can't Wait to Add Your IoT Device to Their DDoS Networks

Criminals Can't Wait to Add Your IoT Device to Their DDoS Networks

October 22, 2021

2 min read
Six in 10 Consumers Faced a Cyber Threat in 2021, New Bitdefender Study Reveals

Six in 10 Consumers Faced a Cyber Threat in 2021, New Bitdefender Study Reveals

October 20, 2021

3 min read
What Is a VPN, How Does It Protect Me, and What Cool Perks Does it Offer?

What Is a VPN, How Does It Protect Me, and What Cool Perks Does it Offer?

September 23, 2021

2 min read
Ultimate Privacy Guide for Your Facebook Account

Ultimate Privacy Guide for Your Facebook Account

August 31, 2021

6 min read

FOLLOW US ON

SOCIAL MEDIA


You might also like

Tesla reverses "Full self-driving" beta update after sudden braking reports Tesla reverses "Full self-driving" beta update after sudden braking reports
Graham CLULEY

October 27, 2021

2 min read
Ukrainian Police Arrest Underground Darknet Group Laundering Cryptocurrency for Hackers Ukrainian Police Arrest Underground Darknet Group Laundering Cryptocurrency for Hackers
Silviu STAHIE

October 26, 2021

1 min read
Bitdefender Study Reveals How Consumers Like (and Dislike) Managing Passwords Bitdefender Study Reveals How Consumers Like (and Dislike) Managing Passwords
Filip TRUȚĂ

October 26, 2021

3 min read