83% of phishing links in Russian messengers are distributed via WhatsApp

European consumer organization complained about WhatsApp's privacy policy

Company experts advise to remain vigilant on the network

Almost every second (46%) attempt to follow a malicious link from a messenger from December 2020 to May 2021 was blocked by the company’s products in Russia.

Phishing links in Russia were spread most often via WhatsApp – in 83% of cases. Viber came in second place, accounting for every tenth such attack. The share of such incidents in Telegram was 7%.

Statistics were collected for the period from December 2020 to May 2021 based on the Safe Messaging component triggered in Kaspersky Internet Security for Android.

“Phishing is a very common type of online fraud, most often aimed at stealing personal data. You can encounter it almost everywhere: in e-mail, SMS, social networks, advertising. Messengers are no exception. Attackers monitor what is happening in the world and understand that people are increasingly using instant messengers for personal and work communication. We recommend using anti-phishing technologies and being skeptical about dubious messages in messages, ”comments Olga Svistunova, content analyst at Kaspersky Lab.

The company’s experts advise to remain vigilant online and check for typos or other suspicious inconsistencies in links before clicking on them; do not distribute suspicious links; Be careful when receiving suspicious messages (usually asking for a loan), even from those you know personally; be wary of offers of easy money, messages about winnings, promises to provide something for free; install a solution to block fraudulent resources.

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