Recently, cybersecurity researchers at Check Point released their report on which corporate brands are most used by criminals to carry out phishing attacks.
In the report, LinkedIn is the brand most often imitated by criminals to launch phishing attacks.
Citing a Check Point report via Bleeping Computer, more than 52 percent of phishing attacks globally are criminals using the LinkedIn brand.
Check Point noted that there was a dramatic increase in LinkedIn brand abuse in phishing incidents in the first quarter of this year.
According to them, in the last quarter of 2021, LinkedIn took fifth place on the list, with the number of attacks pretending to be from LinkedIn even 8 percent lower.
The next most imitated brands include DHL, Google, Microsoft, FedEx, WhatsApp, Amazon, Maersk, Ali Express, and Apple.
Armed with a LinkedIn logo and display, the perpetrator sends a phishing email to the victim with a false request to connect with the fake company.
When a victim of a phishing attack clicks the “Accept” or “Accept” button, they are taken to a phishing website that looks like the actual LinkedIn login page, but with a different URL address.