RSA Quarterly Fraud Report - Q4 2019

For the period starting October 1, 2019 and ending December 31, 2019, RSA observed several global fraud trends across attack vectors and digital channels. The highlights include: 

  • In 2019, RSA identified a total of 255,095 global fraud attacks, or approximately 30 per hour. 
  • Phishing remains the predominant attack vector used by fraudsters accounting for 60 percent of all fraud attacks observed by RSA in Q4. Overall, phishing volume increased 54 percent year-over-year. 
  • RSA saw a year-over-year increase in all other fraud attack vectors. Specifically, financial malware attacks increased 41 percent, fraud and brand abuse attacks on social media increased 62 percent, and the number of rogue mobile apps uncovered across popular app stores increased 175 percent. 
  • Three out of every five fraud transactions identified in Q4 originated from a mobile browser. 
  • RSA recovered over 32.5 million unique compromised cards and card previews in 2019. The top five countries that compromised cards for sale can be attributed to are the United States, India, Spain, Brazil and the United Kingdom.