Microsoft is being used the most to do phishing attacks on your system. Hackers are choosing you here by taking the name of Microsoft. In such a situation, it has become very important now to avoid these attacks.
You are being targeted in the name of Microsoft
Researchers said on Thursday that Microsoft remained the most exemplary brand for phishing attacks in the April-June quarter, as cybercriminals used the brand to steal users’ personal information or payment credentials. Of all brand phishing attempts, 45 percent were related to Microsoft in Q2 (up six points from Q1 2021).
According to Check Point Research (CPR), shipping company DHL emerged as the second most replicated brand with 26 percent of phishing attacks associated with the company, as criminals take advantage of the growing reliance on online shopping. Omar Dembinsky, Data Research Group Manager, Check Point Software, said that cybercriminals are constantly increasing their efforts to steal people’s personal data by posing as major brands. In fact, in the second quarter before Amazon Prime Day, about 2,300 new domains were registered on Amazon.
Amazon was third on the list with 11 percent of phishing attempts in the second quarter. Dembinsky said that, in Q2, we also saw a global surge in ransomware attacks, often initially spread via phishing emails containing malicious attachments. Let us tell you that the tech sector is still the industry that targets the most phishing attacks. After this, the number of shipping and retail comes in the list.
In a brand phishing attack, criminals attempt to impersonate the official website of a well-known brand using the same domain name or URL and web-page design as the actual site. A link to a fake website may be sent to targeted individuals by email or text message, the user may be redirected during web browsing, or it may be triggered by a fraudulent mobile application.
The report states that fake websites often contain a form intended to steal users’ credentials, payment details or other personal information.
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