Microsoft and Facebook Most Targeted Brands in The Rise of Phishing Attacks


As compared to the previous year, there were 266 percent more instances of phishing assaults using the Microsoft name, in the first quarter of 2022.  But as opposed to the previous year, hackers are ramping up their use of false messages that abuse well-known companies, bringing back the bloom of phishing attempts.

According to a research published on Tuesday, Microsoft, Facebook, and the French bank Crédit Agricole are the three most frequently exploited companies in attacks. The number of phishing attempts that misuse the Microsoft brand jumped 266 percent in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period last year, according to a report by researchers at Vade.

In the same period of time, fake Facebook messages increased by 177% in the second quarter of 2022. The survey listed the top 25 businesses that were frequently attacked, along with the worst industries and days of the week for phishing emails.

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