You’re no stranger to the never-ending threats that lurk in your email inbox. But have you ever thought that an email supposedly from Microsoft may turn out to be your worst nightmare?
When it comes to phishing assaults, Microsoft, the computer company we all know and trust, has become the most mimicked brand. This is where cybercriminals send you an email with a harmful link or file attached. They’re attempting to steal your information.
While Microsoft is not to fault, you and your staff should be on the lookout for anything odd.
During the second quarter of 2023, Microsoft soared to the top spot of brands imitated by criminals, accounting for a whopping 29% of brand phishing attempts.
This puts it far ahead of Google in second (at 19.5%) and Apple in third (at 5.2%). Together, these three tech titans account for more than half of the observed brand imitator attacks.
But, what does this mean for your company?
Despite a significant increase in the number of fake emails targeting millions of Windows and Microsoft 365 users across the world, attentive monitoring can help protect you against identity theft and fraud threats.
While the most copied companies fluctuate from quarter to quarter, cyber criminals’ strategies are less likely to change.
They employ authentic-looking logos, colors, and typefaces. Phishing schemes usually employ identical domains or URLs to the actual thing. However, a close examination of these, as well as the substance of any communications, can frequently reveal typos and mistakes – tell-tale symptoms of a phishing assault.
One of the most recent email assaults claims that your Microsoft account has had unusual sign-in activity, pointing you to a malicious link. These URLs are intended to steal anything from login passwords to payment information.
While technology corporations remain popular scam targets, many cyber criminals have switched to financial services such as online banking, gift cards, and online shopping orders. During Q2 2023, Wells Fargo and Amazon rounded out the top five, contributing for 4.2% and 4% of brand phishing attempts, respectively.
What can you do to safeguard your company?
The solution is less complicated than you would assume. When it comes to phishing, the best line of action is to slow down, watch, and evaluate. Examine URLs, domains, and email message text for inconsistencies.
If we can help you keep your team aware of the risks, get in touch.