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Beware: These 10 Renowned Brands Are Being Exploited to Steal Your Data!

Beware: These 10 Renowned Brands Are Being Exploited to Steal Your Data!

Cybercriminals often impersonate familiar brands, capitalizing on their established trust to dupe you. Years of branding, marketing, and customer service that these companies have put into building their reputation are exploited by these fraudsters.

Phishing remains their favorite tactic. In such attacks, scammers craft URLs eerily resembling legitimate ones. Some common yet subtle manipulations include:

  1. Replacing “O” with “0” or swapping lowercase “l” for uppercase “I”. At a glance, these URLs can appear genuine.
  2. Inserting plausible-sounding subdomains, like “
  3. Using an alternative domain extension, e.g., “

In more advanced tactics, hackers create web pages that mirror genuine sites. Clicking their links can lead to:

  1. Malware Installation: Malicious automatic downloads that can extract personal data from your device.
  2. Data Harvesting: Forms on fake sites designed to gather your credentials or financial details.
  3. Open Redirects: Links that seem genuine but redirect to harmful sites.

Now, while it’s essential to be cautious of all brands, Check Point’s recent Brand Phishing Report has identified 10 brands most impersonated in phishing attempts for Q2 2023:

  1. Microsoft (29%)
  2. Google (19.5%)
  3. Apple (5.2%)
  4. Wells Fargo (4.2%)
  5. Amazon (4%)
  6. Walmart (3.9%)
  7. Roblox (3.8%)
  8. LinkedIn (3%)
  9. Home Depot (2.5%)
  10. Facebook (2.1%)

Consider the emails you receive from these brands. A single fraudulent mail can jeopardize your security.

To entice potential victims, cybercriminals craft compelling phishing narratives, such as:

  1. Unusual Activity Alerts: Emails suggesting unauthorized access, urging users to change passwords. These often include genuine-looking details like IP address, location, etc.
  2. Gift Card Lures: Notifications implying receipt of e-gift cards, redirecting users to fraudulent sites.
  3. Account Verification Requests: Messages claiming account discrepancies, tricking users into revealing credentials.

These deceptions impact everyone, including your company’s employees. Without adequate awareness, they may inadvertently compromise security.

Defend yourself by considering email monitoring solutions to filter out potential phishing attempts. Educate your staff on potential threats, ensuring even if a scam email bypasses your filters, your team can identify and sidestep it.

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