Microsoft is the most used brand in phishing scams worldwide. According to Check Point’s Brand Phishing Report, the technology accounts for 19% of all episodes recorded in the third quarter of this year. Followed by DHL (9%), Google (9%), PayPal (6%) and Netflix (6%).
In general terms, this means that these are the brands most used by hackers to steal personal information or payment credentials, creating emails or platforms that resemble the originals.
In the previous report, Microsoft was responsible for only 7% of phishing attack attempts, so there was a significant increase globally between the two quarters: it went from fifth place in the top pair to the first.
The sector most attacked by the so-called Brand Phishing was that of technology, Check Point also reveals, followed by banking and then social networks. «This is a trend driven by threat agents who sought to take advantage of the mass migration to telework, given the Covid-19 pandemic, targeting fake emails to employees, who were asked to reset their Microsoft credentials Office 365, ”explains Maya Horowitz, director of Threat Intelligence & Research, Products at Check Point.
In a phishing attack, criminals try to imitate the official website of a recognized brand using a similar domain name or URL and a very similar page design.
Top brands used for phishing attacks during the third quarter of 2020:
- Microsoft (used for 19% of all phishing scams globally)
- DHL (9%)
- Google (9%)
- PayPal (6%)
- Netflix (6%)
- Facebook (5%)
- Apple (5%)
- Whatsapp (5%)
- Amazon (4%)
- Instagram (4%)