LinkedIn most abused brand name in second quarter

LinkedIn most abused brand name in second quarter

Hackers and cyber criminals who try to steal personal or login information often abuse LinkedIn. After social media, the names of technology companies and courier companies are often misused. The biggest increase in the second quarter was Amazon.

That is the conclusion of cybersecurity company Check Point in the Q2 Brand Phishing Report.

Most phishing emails come from LinkedIn

In April, May and June, researchers looked at which brand names cybercriminals abused most to get their money’s worth. Just like in the first three months of the year, LinkedIn is by far at the top. Although the stock fell from 52 percent to 45 percent in the second quarter, it is a worrying development, according to the security researchers at Check Point.

In the past three months, the researchers spotted a malicious phishing email that used the LinkedIn brand name. The fake message was sent from an email address that had been edited to appear to have come from the network platform. The fake message stated that unverified accounts would be removed shortly.

The link in the post supposedly redirected readers to a page where they could upgrade their account. In reality, everyone was redirected to a phishing page where users had to provide their login details. Once entered, their data ended up in the hands of malicious hackers and cybercriminals.

Microsoft and DHL also loved by cybercriminals

Microsoft is the second most abused brand name. 13 percent of all phishing messages sent in the second quarter were allegedly from the US hardware and software company. The researchers say this is not only dangerous for individual users, but also for companies and organizations that purchase products and services from Microsoft. Then you should think of Teams, SharePoint, Outlook and Office 365.

With a share of 12 percent (from 14 percent), DHL fell from second to third place in the second quarter. The reason for misusing the name of the courier company, according to the researchers, has everything to do with the increasing popularity of online shopping.

At the end of 2021, the courier company led the list: almost a quarter of all fake messages sent came from DHL. Last June, the courier warned of a spam campaign going on at the time. Recipients were asked to confirm their address so that the courier could relist the package. In reality, scammers were trying to get their hands on private and banking information.

Amazon is the biggest gainer in the second quarter

The biggest riser is Amazon. In the first quarter, 2 percent of all spam messages were sent on behalf of the online retailer. In the past three months, the stock rose to 9 percent. The aim was to collect payment details from unsuspecting victims.

Apple is in fifth place with 3 percent. At the beginning of this year it was 0.8 percent. In places six to ten, we successively find Adidas (2 percent), Google (1 percent), Netflix (1 percent), Adobe (1 percent) and HSBC (1 percent).

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