Increase in credential phishing and brute force attacks causing financial and reputational damage


Abnormal Security released a report which examines the escalating adverse impact of socially-engineered and never-seen-before email attacks, and other advanced email threats—both financial and reputational—to organizations worldwide.

The report surveyed advanced email attacks across eight major industry sectors, including retail and consumer goods; manufacturing; technology; energy and infrastructure services; medical; media and television; finance; and hospitality.

Key findings

  • 32.5% of all companies were targeted by brute force attacks in early June 2021
  • 137 account takeovers occurred per 100,000 mailboxes for members of the C-suite
  • 61% of organizations experienced a vendor email compromise attack this quarter