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The Microsoft brand accounted for 20 percent of all phishing attempts in the fourth quarter, up from 29 percent in the third quarter

New Delhi: Global logistics and distribution company DHL, Microsoft and WhatsApp are the top brands often impersonated by cybercriminals in their attempts to steal personal data or payment information from individuals, a new report showed on Monday.

During the October-December (Q4) period of 2021, global logistics and distribution company DHL ended Microsoft’s long-standing reign as the brand most commonly impersonated by cybercriminals attempting to steal credentials or deploy malware via sophisticated phishing techniques.

According to Check Point Research’s Brand Phishing Report, 23 percent of all brand phishing attempts were related to DHL, up from just 9 percent in the previous quarter.

The Microsoft brand accounted for 20 percent of all phishing attempts in the fourth quarter, up from 29 percent in the third quarter.

FedEx also appeared in the top 10 list for the first time in Q4 2021.

“Our most recent Q4 report also reiterated the continued impersonation of social media brands in phishing scams, with WhatsApp ranking third behind DHL and Microsoft in a global list of top target brands,” the report reads.

WhatsApp, owned by Meta (formerly Facebook), moved up from sixth to third place, representing 11 percent of all phishing attempts worldwide.

In a brand phishing attack, criminals try to impersonate the official website of a well-known brand by using a similar domain name or URL and webpage design as the real website.

The link to the fake website can be sent to targeted individuals via emails or SMS, redirect a user while browsing the web, or triggered by a rogue mobile application.

The fake website often contains a form that aims to steal login credentials, payment details or other personal information from users.

Other brands in Check Point Research’s top 10 list include Google, LinkedIn, Amazon, Roblox, Paypal and Apple.

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Vaccination protects you but does not give you free talk time

A message on WhatsApp is going viral in India. The message says so “All Indian users will receive a free top-up for three months in the joy of having record vaccinations in the country. If you have a Jio, Airtel or Vi SIM card, you can take advantage of this offer.” At the end of the message thread there is a link through which you can use the said top-up. However, the good times end as soon as you tap the link as the people who fall for the message get scammed.

No telecom company has officially confirmed the launch of a 3-month free top-up in the name of record vaccinations, the WhatsApp message claims. The links provided in such messages usually direct the user to various screen sharing apps that allow these scammers full access to the user’s mobile phone. It is more than likely that innocent people who otherwise would not know about such scams could fall for it. One must be aware that their banking details, login details and personal/sensitive information can be stolen very easily using such deceptive methods.

What should one do?

Even if such news seems very convincing and of course very lucrative, it is always advisable to check such offers. After all, if the mentioned telecom companies offered 3 months free service, they wouldn’t want to advertise it only on WhatsApp, would they? They would post it on their respective official websites and their social media addresses, and you would surely know about such an offer through other avenues like TV and radio and not just WhatsApp forwarding.

If you are aware of such fraudulent activity, we also encourage you to make others aware of it. Finally, if you receive such a message from someone you know, you can let them know that such messages are nothing but a scam and stop them from sharing such messages.