the CheckPoint Specialists published its report on the brands that are most often used in phishing attacks in the second quarter of 2020. Google (13%), Amazon (13%) and WhatsApp (9%) entered the top three most used in phishing attacks brands in the world.

Hackers use various methods to distribute links to fake websites redirecting users while browsing web pages. As a rule, their goal is the theft of credentials, personal information or payments. The study covers April, may and June of 2020.

the top 10 also includes Facebook (9%), Microsoft (7%), Outlook (3%), Apple (2%), Huawei (2%) and the top ten closes the PayPal (2%). The researchers note that the phishing email is the second most common type of fraud after the web phishing. In the first quarter of the phishing e-mail was in third place. The reason for this change was the weakening of the global constraints associated with Covid-19: already, many businesses are open and employees have returned to work in the offices.

Phishing exploits, constituting almost a quarter (24%) of all phishing attacks aimed at Microsoft Outlook and Unicredit. Experts report that almost 15% of phishing attacks aimed at smartphones. In such attacks, the attackers often masquerade as Facebook, WhatsApp and PayPal.

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Jennifer Alvarez is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.