ThreatMetrix H2 2018 Cybercrime Report shows an evolution in attack vectors used by fraudsters and an increase in mobile attacks within financial services

ThreatMetrix H2 2018 Cybercrime Report shows an evolution in attack vectors used by fraudsters and an increase in mobile attacks within financial services

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SAN JOSE, California, March 6, 2019

ThreatMetrix® Digital Identity Network® records 3 billion bot attacks in the second half of 2018

SAN JOSE, California, March 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- ThreatMetrix®, a LexisNexis® Risk Solutions Company, today released its H2 2018 Cybercrime Report. Among the insights in the biannual report on global cybercrime is the shift toward cross-organizational fraud, as well as a change in fraudsters' tactics toward attacks on mobile. This latter trend is particularly prevalent in financial services, where attacks on mobile account logins have risen 107 percent in just six months.

The report is based on 17 billion digital transactions on the ThreatMetrix® Digital Identity Network® during the second half of 2018, with 61 percent of digital transactions originating from a mobile device.

Key Findings from the ThreatMetrix® H2 2018 Cybercrime Report

"Fraudsters are master manipulators, with constantly shifting tactics," said Alisdair Faulkner, chief identity officer, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. "They adapt their attack patterns and modus operandi to take advantage of shifting customer trends, evolving regulations and technological changes, always attempting to stay one pace ahead of businesses. We see this through the way in which attack patterns evolve and morph over time. Businesses must be able to piece together digital identity intelligence on a per-user basis so that departures from trusted customer behavior can be identified in near real-time, before a transaction is processed and before fraudsters can operationalize new attack methods."

Financial services: A rise in mobile risk

Key findings:

Customers are increasingly opting to bank online and there is a preference for full-service mobile banking apps over desktop sessions in many regions. As a result, financial services organizations must continue to ensure that integrated and low-friction digital authentication capabilities form an inextricable part of the customer experience. This way, the sector will be able to align security with the online experience customers expect.

E-commerce: The target for global bot attacks

Key findings:

In the e-commerce sector, although sophisticated attacks have actually dropped during H2 2018, the impact of high-volume automated bot traffic continues to disrupt the industry. Identity-testing bot attacks often make up considerably more of an e-commerce merchant's daily transaction volume than good traffic, making a low-friction online experience for trusted customers all the more challenging for merchants to provide.

One of the key challenges for e-commerce merchants, particularly during busy holiday shopping days such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is balancing optimized customer experience and low-friction authentication, while also maintaining effective fraud control. At times, this might mean accepting a higher percentage of fraud to accept more genuine orders from good customers.

Media: Lower barriers lead to account creation attacks

Key findings:

The media industry, which includes social networks, content streaming, gaming and gambling, still sees the highest penetration of new account creation attacks of all industries. Approximately one in every six new media account creation transactions were found to be fraudulent. This is in part due to low barriers of account access and creation and less-stringent security measures, which means that media accounts have become prime targets for testing identities. Media companies must remain vigilant against fraudulent attacks to ensure that they do not jeopardize customer trust.

"With each Cybercrime Report that we develop, we gain important new insights into global transaction and attack patterns and the ever-growing, networked footprint of cybercrime," said Thomas C. Brown, senior vice president, U.S. commercial markets and global market development, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. "Businesses that can harness the power of a global digital identity network that provides near real-time intelligence into the trustworthiness of an online user have a leg up on the competition. A layered defense of fraud, identity and authentication capabilities, including both digital and physical data, across the entire customer journey, is crucial to preventing fraudsters from succeeding."

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About ThreatMetrix, A LexisNexis Risk Solutions Company

ThreatMetrix®, A LexisNexis® Risk Solutions Company, empowers the global economy to grow profitably and securely without compromise. With deep insight into 1.4 billion anonymized digital identities, ThreatMetrix ID delivers the intelligence behind 110 million daily authentication and trust decisions to differentiate legitimate customers from fraudsters in real time.

About LexisNexis® Risk Solutions

LexisNexis® Risk Solutions harnesses the power of data and advanced analytics to provide insights that help businesses and governmental entities reduce risk and improve decisions to benefit people around the globe. We provide data and technology solutions for a wide range of industries including insurance, financial services, healthcare and government. Headquartered in metro Atlanta, Georgia, we have offices throughout the world and are part of RELX (LSE: REL/NYSE: RELX), a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. For more information, please visit, and

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