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U.S. Gmail Users are Most Popular Targets for Email Phishing, Malware Attacks

By Computing (U.K.)

February 10, 2021

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Gmail users in the U.S. are the most popular targets for email phishing and malware attacks, according to Google research.

The company conducted a study to identify the factors that place a user at increased risk of attack in email phishing and malware campaigns. It worked with researchers at Stanford University to analyze all phishing and malware campaigns that Gmail blocked over a five-month period: more than 1.2 billion attacks.

The findings revealed a variety of factors such as geographical location, demographics and the number of devices used that can significantly influence the risk of users being targeted.

Google found that Gmail users in the United States were the most popular targets, accounting for 42% of attacks recorded in the five-month period, followed by the users in the U.K. and Japan, who accounted for 10% and 5% of attacks, respectively.


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