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December 19, 2013

UK employees receiving up to 10 phishing attacks per day

Another 16% of office workers had fallen for a phishing attack.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

An increasing number UK employees are being attacked with phishing emails, with the majority receiving up to 10 attacks a day, a new survey from PhishMe has revealed.

The survey of 1,000 UK office workers, conducted by One Poll, found that over a third are seeing more phishing emails in their inbox today than they were a year ago.

The research also revealed that 16% of office workers had fallen for a phishing attack in the last year.

Rohyt Belani, CEO of PhishMe, said the figures highlight how big a problem phishing and malware attacks are to UK organisations.

"Over the last year we have seen a significant increase in the sophistication of phishing emails; attackers even emulate conversations via email to build confidence with the potential victim before launching the attack," he said.

"Organisations must enhance their security defences with a continuous programme where they train their staff how to recognise and report phishing emails in a timely manner."

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