When imitation isn’t flattery!

According to CheckPoint, Microsoft is THE most imitated brand on the internet.

We all know that criminals like to pretend to be Microsoft for their phishing attempts, and in the last quarter, misuse of the Microsoft brand for this jumped dramatically – 19% of all brand attempts are pretending to be from Microsoft. Second place is DHL at 9%.

Its clearly the impact of working from home, and taking advantage of people’s changed work practices as well as their increased vulnerability from working a little in isolation.

Top phishing brands in Q3 2020

The top brands are ranked by their overall appearance in brand phishing attempts:

  1. Microsoft (related to 19% of all brand phishing attempts globally)
  2. DHL (9%)
  3. Google (9%)
  4. PayPal (6%)
  5. Netflix (6%)
  6. Facebook (5%)
  7. Apple (5%)
  8. Whatsapp (5%)
  9. Amazon (4%)
  10. Instagram (4%)

Stay safe – please keep warning your colleagues, boosting awareness and using tools like KARE for Security with advanced threat protection.

Refer https://www.checkpoint.com/press/2020/microsoft-is-most-imitated-brand-for-phishing-attempts-in-q3-2020/