What are the top brands for hackers to steal people’s data through phishing?

New Delhi: Professional networking platform LinkedIn remained the most imitated brand by cybercriminals in the second quarter (Q2) of this year for tricking people into giving up their personal information, a report found on Tuesday. While LinkedIn led the way in Q2 with 45 percent of all phishing attempts, parent company Microsoft came in second with 13 percent of all phishing attempts, placing DHL in third place with a 12 percent share, according to the report. CheckPoint. Research.Also Read – Netflix Loses Nearly 1 Million Subscribers in Q2; Aims to launch a cheaper ad-supported plan soon

Some of the new brands that entered the top 10 were Adidas, Adobe and HSBC. Other brands in Check Point’s top 10 were Amazon (9 percent), Apple (3 percent), Google (1 percent), Netflix (1 percent) and Adobe (1 percent). Also Read – Netflix Introduces New Feature to Charge Password Sharing Users

“Phishing emails are a prominent tool in any hacker’s arsenal because they can be deployed quickly and reach millions of users at a relatively low cost,” said Omer Dembinsky, Data Research Group Manager at Check Point Software. “They give cybercriminals the ability to use the reputation of trusted brands to give users a false sense of security that can be abused to steal personal or commercial information for financial gain,” Dembinsky added. Also read – iQOO launches 5G smartphone with powerful camera; Know the price and great features

How dangerous can phishing be?

Social networks generally remain the most imitated category, followed by technology taking the second place in shipping this quarter. The researchers state that the increase in the use of Microsoft-related scams poses a danger to both individuals and organizations. “Once someone has your account credentials, they have access to all the applications behind it, such as Teams and SharePoint, as well as the obvious risk of your Outlook email account being hacked,” the report said.

How do hackers lure users?

  • The report highlighted a specific example of an Outlook phishing email that lured users to a fraudulent Outlook webpage with the subject line:[Action Required] Final reminder – verify your OWA account now”, ask the victim to enter their credentials.
  • LinkedIn-based phishing campaigns mimicked the communication style of the professional social media platform with malicious emails with topics like: “You appeared in 8 searches this week” or “You have one new message” or “I’d like to do business with you.” do through LinkedIn.”
  • Although they appeared to be from LinkedIn, they were using an email address that was completely different from the brand’s.

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