LinkedIn Impersonating Phishing Attacks Increased by 232 Percent in Two Weeks

Phishing is a really common type of cyberattack wherein someone or the other would try to get you to give them really sensitive and private information about the manner in which you have currently chosen to end up living your life by pretending to be someone that they are not. One of the most popular forms of phishing involves malicious actors impersonating companies like Netflix, Microsoft, Facebook and sending you emails that look official but are in no way genuine.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that phishing attacks that impersonate LinkedIn emails have increased massively this month. According to Egress, there has been a 232% increase in attacks of this sort, and they are mostly being sent through Outlook 365. The goal here is to get users to enter their log in details on a fraudulent site at which point the malicious actors behind the attack will get the information that is entered on the official looking form.

This highlights a common trend among phishing attacks wherein the people behind them use the names of companies that tend to contact you rather frequently with all things having been considered and taken into account. LinkedIn sends its users quite a few emails because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up allowing its users to know what opportunities are in store for them. Users usually get an email when there is a job posting that they might be eligible for among other things.

The fact that a LinkedIn email usually indicates that you might be able to move up in the world or get a great job makes people far more likely to click on them. Hence, unwary users are being taken advantage of and are often losing access to their log in details. LinkedIn has started telling users to check out its Help Center so that they can better understand the differences that make phishing emails easier to pinpoint. It is essential that people start to be more careful about the email links that they click on.

Read next: Apple Just Fixed the iCloud Keychain’s Biggest Problem
Previous Post Next Post