About 45 percent of phishing attacks are linked to Microsoft, according to a research report. The figure is six points higher than in the first quarter of the current financial year.
Most use Microsoft name for phishing
New Delhi: Researchers have revealed that cybercriminals use Microsoft’s name the most to steal users’ personal information or payment credentials. Researchers said Thursday that Microsoft remained the most exemplary brand for phishing attacks during the April-June quarter, as cybercriminals were using the brand to steal users’ personal information or financial transaction details. About 45 percent of phishing attacks are linked to Microsoft, according to a research report. The figure is six points higher than in the first quarter of the current financial year. (Most use of Microsoft name for phishing; The report revealed)
DHL is another company targeted by cyber criminals
According to Check Point Research (CPR), DHL has become the second largest shipping company targeted by cyber criminals. The rate of phishing attacks related to this company is about 26 percent. In recent times, the trend of people shopping online has increased. Cybercriminals are taking advantage of this trust. Omar Dembinsky, data research group manager at Checkpoint Software, said cybercriminals are constantly stepping up their efforts to steal people’s personal data by taking the form of major brands. In fact, more than 2,300 new Amazon-related domains were registered in the second quarter before Amazon Prime Day.
Amazon ranked third in the second quarter
In the second quarter, Amazon was third with 11 percent of phishing attacks. “We also saw a global increase in ransomware attacks in the second quarter of Q2, the technology sector is still the most phishing attack area,” Dembinsky said. This is followed by shipping and retail.
Rising cybercrime on social media is a big headache
Criminals in brand phishing attacks use the same domain name or URL and web page design as the actual site. Through this they try to impersonate the official website of a well-known brand. The link to the fake website is sent via email or text message to the target people. Users may be redirected during web browsing or triggered by a fake mobile application. Fake websites often have a form to steal users’ credentials, payment details or other personal information, the researchers said in their report. The growing cybercrime on social media has become a major headache for the security apparatus. (Most use of Microsoft name for phishing; The report revealed)
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