August 18, 2022
DHL most fake brand in phishing attacks in Q4 2021, WhatsApp, Google and Apple in top 10: Check Point Research


A new report reveals that DHL was the most-copied brand by cybercriminals for phishing attempts globally in the fourth quarter of 2021 (Q4 2021). The global logistics company has replaced Microsoft as the brand most likely to be imitated by cybercriminals in phishing scams. WhatsApp, Google, LinkedIn, Amazon and Apple are also among the top 10 brands, according to the report, which ranks social media in the top three areas in the imitation of phishing attempts by cyber scammers.

According to the Brand Phishing Report for Q4 2021 by Check Point Research (CPR), the Threat Intelligence arm of Check Point Software Technologies, DHL jumped from microsoft To take the top spot as the most copied (23 percent) brand by cybercriminals attempting to steal personal information or payment credentials of individuals during October, November and December. The percentage is up from 9 percent in the third quarter of last year. It is followed by Microsoft (20 percent) which was the most copied brand in the third quarter of 2021.

DHL was the top choice of cybercriminals “capturing the growing number of new and potentially vulnerable online shoppers during potentially the busiest retail period of the year. Especially older users, who, like the younger generation, are more technically savvy.” Will be buying online for the first time and won’t know what to look for with things like delivery confirmation emails or tracking updates,” said Omer Dembinsky, data research group manager, Check Point Software.

Facebook (now Meta) dropped out of the list of the top 10 brands most likely to be copied, while WhatsApp took three places to move to third and now accounts for 11 percent of all phishing attempts. LinkedIn went from eighth place to fifth for 8 percent of all phishing-related attacks. This shows that social media is on the rise in the top three areas that have been duped in phishing attempts.

“Q4 has also confirmed what many of us were expecting. Social media will continue to be heavily targeted by bad actors who work remotely and as a result of other fallout from the pandemic like WhatsApp, Facebook and LinkedIn. Like want to take advantage of those leaning more on channels like that,” Omar said.

The report also said that Google (10 percent), Amazon (4 percent), FedEx (3 percent), Roblox (3 percent), Paypal (2 percent), and Apple (2 percent) were in the top 10 brands list. were involved. A brand phishing attacks were used to target people in Q4 2021, most copied by cybercriminals. In this type of attack, criminals try to imitate the official website of a well-known brand and use a similar domain name or URL and web-page design to fool people. These malicious websites contain links/forms that are used to steal users’ credentials, payment details and other personal information.


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