Which brands are most abused by hackers for phishing attacks? The cybersecurity company Check Point is investigating this question in a study. […]
Check Point Research (CPR), the research department of the Israeli cybersecurity specialist Check Point Software Technologies, has published in its “Q4 Brand Phishing Report” those brands that were most often misused for phishing campaigns worldwide at the end of 2021.
In the fourth quarter, the global logistics company DHL was at the top of the evaluation for the first time. With this, the parcel service has replaced the long-standing domination of Microsoft as a brand, which is most often imitated by cybercriminals in order to be able to steal credentials from victims or install malware using sophisticated phishing techniques. 23 Percent of all phishing attempts that used a well-known brand were related to DHL, compared to only 9 percent in the previous quarter.
Microsoft, on the other hand, was used in only 20 percent of all phishing attempts in the 4th quarter, compared to 29 percent in the 3rd quarter. DHL competitor FedEx also appeared in the top ten list for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2021.
According to CPR, the analysis shows that cybercriminals were targeting online shoppers before Christmas and wanted to profit from the pandemic-related e-shopping boom.
Phishing attempts using well-known messenger and social media brands are still popular, however. For example, WhatsApp and LinkedIn play an important role.
The top global phishing brands in the fourth quarter of 2021 are thus:
- DHL (associated with 23 percent of all phishing attacks worldwide)
- Microsoft (20 percent)
- WhatsApp (11 percent)
- Google (10%)
- LinkedIn (8%)
- Amazon (4%)
- FedEx (3 percent)
- Roblox (3 per cent)
- Paypal (2 percent)
- Apple (2 percent)