Microsoft was the most impersonated brand for cyberattackers sending out phishing emails in Q3, according to Check Point researchers. Microsoft jumped from fifth place in Q2 to the top spot in the Q3, making up 19% of all brand phishing attempts.
More from Check Point:
- Behind Microsoft was DHL with 9% of brand phishing attacks, Google with 9%, PayPal with 6%, Netflix with 6%, Facebook with 5%, Apple with 5%, WhatsApp with 5%, Amazon with 4%, and Instagram with 4%.
- Check Point judged that Microsoft's jump in the rankings was the result of threat actors trying to capitalize on the move to remote work during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- The most likely industry to be targeted by brand phishing was technology, followed by banking and social media.