The security company Check Point Research has published one new report which shows that the social network Linkedin is for the first time the most used brand in attempts at phishing. Also with a good margin.
The most used brands for phishing during the first quarter of 2022 were:
1. Linkedin (52 percent of all phishing attempts globally)
2. DHL (14 percent)
Microsoft (6 percent)
5. Fedex (6 percent)
6. Whatsapp (4 percent)
7. Amazon (2 percent)
8 Maersk (1 percent)
9. Aliexpress (0.8 percent)
10. Apple (0.8 percent)
The new top rating of 52 percent is an increase of as much as 44 percentage points for Linkedin compared to the fourth quarter of 2021.
– If there has been any doubt that social media would become one of the actors that cybercriminals would target, there is no doubt now, says Mats Ekdahl, security expert at Check Point Software Technologies in a press release and continues.
– Facebook has admittedly left the top list, but Linkedin has soared and accounted for more than half of all phishing attempts during the first quarter. The best protection against phishing is knowledge. Employees must be trained to detect discrepancies such as misspelled domains, misspellings, incorrect dates, and other details that could reveal a malicious e-mail or text message. Linkedin users should be extra vigilant in the coming months.