Phishing emails normally account for around 40% of all malware stopped by SoftScan, but malware only constitutes a small amount of the total email scanned by SoftScan, the larger proportion of which is stopped as spam. The most recent statistics for June show that email containing malware was only 0.36%, with a ten fold increase overnight phishing emails this percentage is now up at almost 1%.
This latest attack means that currently phishing emails account for nearly 80% of all malware stopped. Bo Engelbrechtsen corporate communications manager, SoftScan comments,
Phishing emails are always bad news and not just for those users lured into giving away confidential details. Although most people know not to respond to them, they still clog up bandwidth and cost organisations money in the long run. This one is no exception the sheer volume alone will affect many companies email communication if they do not have protection in place.