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LinkedIn Targeted The Most By Phishing Scams Impersonating Big Firms, New Report Reveals

A new report is going out to unveil the top names that get affected the most by phishing scams and it’s no surprise to many that LinkedIn was a clear winner.

The report by the CPR says the leading professional networking app is commonly targeted by phishing scams that begin to impersonate the largest firms out there today. And that just makes it so much harder to determine who the actual masterminds are behind the ordeal.


In addition to that, the report spoke about other commonly targeted companies and included the likes of DHL, Amazon, Apple, Google, Netflix and also tech giant Microsoft. But they were in no comparison to the alarming figures that LinkedIn managed to pull through with.

An estimated 45% of different types of impersonation attempts were seen luring around the leading social media network, as per the CPR’s report findings.

The CPR’s recent analysis also found another interesting finding related to how the attempts of impersonation were seen dropping whenever the shares for the company were at an all-time low.

During such periods, Microsoft experienced a steady rise with a staggering 13% record of impersonation attempts. This is an almost 100% increase in the company’s quarter-on-quarter figures for this year.

The company that ranked at position number three was DHL whose figures comprised 12%, trailing by a short number behind Microsoft. But another striking finding saw a bunch of other names that made the list for the first time.

This included the likes of HSBC, Adidas, and Adobe, who all made an appearance for the first time.

CPR’s analysis details how attackers target LinkedIn by trying to copy their notifications and other emails related to newsletters that arise on the app. Common targets include how a certain user may have appeared in this many searches for the week or perhaps a message about an anonymous person in the inbox of their account.

Yes, at first glance, you might be confused and assume that such emails are arising through the app itself, but the reality is far from that. A much closer investigation reveals how that just isn’t the case.

CPR adds that it’s not too surprising to see the way LinkedIn was attacked, and neither is it shocking to see the way DHL is being affected by such attempts too.

In particular regard to the latter, it added that e-shopping continues to trend online, and hence, shipping firms are bound to be sent phishing alerts that state parcels were missing or damaged. Then they add how the receiver must add a few extra details if they wish to grab a hold of their order.

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