Number of phishing cyber attacks in Japan 2013-2019

The police in Japan recorded approximately 5.3 thousand spear phishing e-mail attacks in 2019. In the previous year more than 6.7 thousand cases had been recorded. Unlike other phishing e-mails, spear fishing attacks are targeting specific persons or companies. A breakdown of attached files to spear fishing e-mail attacks in 2019 showed that compressed files were by far the most common type.

Number of spear phishing e-mail attacks recorded by the police in Japan from 2013 to 2019

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

2013 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The source defined spear phishing attacks as malicious attempts to infect other computers to steal data by sending disguised business e-mails with/attaching malware undetectable by the commercial anti-virus software.

Data prior to 2015 come from previous reporting.

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