Oman Phishing Attacks Soar 192% in Q2


Muscat – Attacks related to data loss threats (phishing and fraud/social engineering) increased significantly in Oman in the second quarter of 2022, at 192 percent compared to the previous quarter, according to a Kaspersky analysis. The company’s security solutions detected 865,691 phishing attacks in Oman in the second quarter.

Social engineering, sometimes referred to as “human hacking” scams, is used in many ways and for different purposes to lure unsuspecting users to the website and trick them into entering personal information. The latter often include financial credentials such as bank account passwords or payment card details or social media account credentials. In the wrong hands, this opens doors for various malicious operations, such as: B. stealing money or compromising corporate networks.

Phishing is a powerful attack vector because it is carried out on a large scale. By sending massive waves of emails under the name of legitimate institutions or promoting bogus pages, malicious users increase their chances of success in their hunt for innocent people’s credentials. Phishers use a variety of tricks to bypass email blocking and lure as many users as possible to their deceptive websites. A common technique is HTML attachments with partially or fully obfuscated code. HTML files allow attackers to use scripts, obfuscate malicious content to make detection more difficult, and send phishing pages as attachments instead of links.

Especially during the high season, scammers try to lure travelers looking for interesting places to visit, cheap accommodation and cheap flights. Kaspersky researchers have observed increased fraud activity, with numerous phishing sites being distributed under the guise of airline and booking services. The number of attempts to open phishing pages related to booking and flight services was 4,311 in the META region in the first half of 2022.

“Planning a vacation is not easy. People can spend weeks, even months, looking for the perfect place to stay and the tickets to get them there. Scammers use this to lure in users who are tired of looking for great deals. After two years of pandemic-related flight restrictions, travel is back. But also travel fraud – with increased fraud activity targeting users through fake booking and rental services. Such attacks are avoidable, which is why we urge users to be skeptical of overly generous offers. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is,” comments Mikhail Sytnik, security researcher at Kaspersky.

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