Distribution of spoofed positions in BEC attempts detected in 2020

Distribution of attempted business email compromise (BEC) scams worldwide in 2020, by spoofed specific positions

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Source

Release date

February 2021

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2020

Special properties

Trend Micro Smart Protection Network infrastructure; wider industry metrics may vary

Supplementary notes

BEC = Business Email Compromise (BEC) also known as “CEO Fraud”.
BEC is defined as a sophisticated scam targeting businesses working with foreign suppliers and/or businesses that regularly perform wire transfer payments. The scam is carried out by compromising legitimate business e-mail accounts through social engineering or computer intrusion techniques to conduct unauthorized transfers of funds.
Data refers to a sample set of BEC attempts seen, which does not indicate whether the attacks were successful.

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