Why fake parcel delivery texts are the top SMS phishing scams in the UK

Our landscape changed

Why criminals favor SMS?

  1. SMS has a 99% delivery rate within 3 seconds.
  2. Security controls must be able to inspect and evaluate URLs in less than 1 second to avoid latency and concatenation issues. Classifying dangerous URLs after their 1-to-3 second journey is useless because they’re already in everyone’s inbox.
  3. SMS has a 95% open rate.
  4. Everyone who’s likely to “tap-and-download” will do so within the first 15 minutes. Security doesn’t have up to 15 minutes to block dangerous URLs because they’re already inside everyone’s message on their handset.
  5. SMS has zero cybersecurity.
  6. It’s fast, cheap, and easy to broadcast massive phishing campaigns using a web service that sits on top of a SIM bank.

Lack of cybersecurity in more detail

FluBot is changing everything

Why SMS Firewalls are not the answer for SMS phishing

Why AI can’t stop SMS phishing

De ja vu

A new cybersecurity category for SMS is born

Smartphones

Mobile apps

Team collaboration & messaging services

SMS

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MetaCert CEO. Passionate about Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Crypto, Snowboarding & Red Wine. Part of the AOL team that launched AIM. Co-founded 2 W3C Standards.

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