Share of phishing cyber attacks in Japan 2013-2018, by type

The statistic presents the distribution of spear phishing e-mail attacks in Japan from 2013 to 2018, broken down by modus operandi. In 2018, the Japanese police confirmed that 90 percent of total spear phishing e-mail attacks were of an indiscriminate style*, up from a 53 percent share in 2013.

Distribution of spear phishing e-mail attacks in Japan from 2013 to 2018, by type

Indiscriminate style*Non indiscriminate style
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Release date

March 2019



Survey time period

2013 to 2018

Supplementary notes

*The source provides the following information:
"The NPA defines an act that an offender, sending an e-mail where malware which anti-virus software on the market cannot detect is attached and which is disguised as what is related to business of an addressee, infects a computer of the addressee with the malware to thieve information as “spear phishing e-mail attack.” The NPA categorizes a spear phishing e-mail attack which brings the same text or the same malware to ten or more than ten addressees as “indiscriminate style."

Data prior to 2014 comes from previous reporting.

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