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There is a really, really good paper on this here.

Tl;dr:

  • 95% of spam is in English
  • In f.ex. Germany only 17% of the spam is in German
  • In Scandinavia it's less than 1% in the local language

Conclusion I: Yes, generic phishing is mostly directed to English speaking people. I can only confirm that many German people will not even consider opening a mail with a non-German subject.

Conclusion II: The main factor for the phishers will be to gain proficiency at the target language. Target languages are English and other "first world" languages, but they are differently hard to learn. Since it's much easier to auto-translate and learn basic English than for example Icelandic, phishing will be much less effective on non-English speakers.

But: Spear phising is much more dangerous and will always be done in a local language, so statistics can't take that into account.

There is a really, really good paper on this here.

Tl;dr:

  • 95% of spam is in English
  • In f.ex. Germany only 17% of the spam is in German
  • In Scandinavia it's less than 1% in the local language

Yes, generic phishing is mostly directed to English speaking people. I can only confirm that many German people will not even consider opening a mail with a non-German subject.

But: Spear phising is much more dangerous and will always be done in a local language, so statistics can't take that into account.

There is a really, really good paper on this here.

Tl;dr:

  • 95% of spam is in English
  • In f.ex. Germany only 17% of the spam is in German
  • In Scandinavia it's less than 1% in the local language

Conclusion I: Yes, generic phishing is mostly directed to English speaking people. I can only confirm that many German people will not even consider opening a mail with a non-German subject.

Conclusion II: The main factor for the phishers will be to gain proficiency at the target language. Target languages are English and other "first world" languages, but they are differently hard to learn. Since it's much easier to auto-translate and learn basic English than for example Icelandic, phishing will be much less effective on non-English speakers.

But: Spear phising is much more dangerous and will always be done in a local language, so statistics can't take that into account.

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There is a really, really good paper on this here.

Tl;dr:

  • 95% of spam is in English
  • In f.ex. Germany only 17% of the spam is in German
  • In Scandinavia it's less than 1% in the local language

Yes, generic phishing is mostly directed to English speaking people. I can only confirm that many German people will not even consider opening a mail with a non-German subject.

But: Spear phising is much more dangerous and will always be done in a local language, so statistics can't take that into account.