In the fourth quarter of 2020, Microsoft was the brand most used by cybercriminals to try to steal Internet users’ personal information or credentials.

The data, from Check Point Research, show that the percentage of phishing attempts using the Microsoft name increased from 19% to 43% compared to the previous quarter. With this percentage, the technological giant is, by a large margin, the most used brand for the practice of this cybercrime

“During the fourth quarter of 2020, cybercriminals increased their attempts to steal people’s personal data by imitating leading brands, and our data clearly demonstrates how their phishing tactics have changed to increase their chances of success. As always, we encourage users to exercise extreme caution when disclosing personal data and credentials to business applications, and to think twice before opening attachments or links contained in emails, especially those that appear to come from companies, such as Microsoft or Google, whose imitation is more likely, ”says Maya Horowitz, Director, Threat Intelligence & Research, Products at Check Point.

Check out the top 10 most used phishing brands.

1. Microsoft (present in 43% of all phishing scams globally)
two. DHL (18%)
3. LinkedIn (6%)
4. Amazon (5%)
5. Rakuten (4%)
6. IKEA (3%)
7. Google (2%)
8. Paypal (2%)
9. Chase (2%)
10. Yahoo (1%)

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