Here’s Which Phishing Email Subjects Get the Most Clicks

Phishing attacks have become startlingly common as of late, and a report from KnowBe4 has highlighted the various ways in which these attacks are being implemented. By far the most successful phishing strategy usually involves phishing emails because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up enticing employees into inadvertently sharing really sensitive information that is also quite valuable.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that emails that have holiday themed subject lines are the most commonly clicked on phishing attacks out of all of them. Employees tend to receive a lot of emails during the holidays, and many of these emails come from human resources departments with all things having been considered and taken into account. Hence, employees would be a lot more willing to click on any links that these emails contains since they would assume that they are legitimate and perhaps even important for them to look through.

Around 25% of all phishing emails came in the form of business emails, but in spite of the fact that this is the case 18% came from online services as well. The phishing attackers usually impersonate online services that might appeal to the manner in which you have currently chosen to end up living your life since they know that you would be enticed into clicking on them. They often use fake promo codes and vouchers to entice users into clicking, and a single click usually results in them losing their login credentials.

In the US, the most popular subject line for phishing emails turned out to be Covid related. Emails that contain details about Covid related changes to work schedules can be really important for employees to click on, although in the rest of the world the email subject line is different. The most popular global email subject for phishing emails involved payment authorization, so there are clearly a number of techniques the phishers and other malicious actors would use to illegally obtain valuable information from unsuspecting victims. Take a look at the infographic below more interesting insights:
Holiday-Themed Phishing Emails Entice Employees to Click [INFOGRAPHIC]
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