Q4 2019

The RSA® Quarterly Fraud Report contains fraud attack and consumer fraud data and analysis from the RSA Fraud and Risk Intelligence team. It represents a snapshot of the cyber-fraud environment, providing actionable intelligence to consumer-facing organizations of all sizes and types to enable more effective digital risk management.


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 the United States, India, Spain, Brazil and the United Kingdom.

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