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It looked so real – and now I’ve been hacked!

2nd September 2022
Ever heard of brand phishing? It’s where criminals imitate the website of a well-known and trusted brand. Huh – they’re easy to spot. You just check the URL, don’t you? If only it was that easy. Keep reading to find out more.

In many cases, yes, the fake URL will be the giveaway, but criminals are getting more devious and setting up URLs that look very similar to the real ones, with only very subtle differences.

Links to the fake URL can be sent via spam emails, text messages, a redirection on an official website, or via a fraudulent app.

Once you follow this malicious link, you’ll come across a website that looks very similar to the brand you’re used to, and be asked to enter your personal information, such as login details or credit card credentials etc.

After that, you’re at the mercy of the cyber criminals, who may take over your accounts, send malicious messages to your contacts, steal your identity or your money.

And we’re talking big brands…

In days gone by, the brands associated with this type of phishing would’ve been relatively obscure, but the latest 2021 Q3 Brand Phishing Report by Check Point Research, the top ten brands being used in brand phishing attacks are now major brands we all recognise.

Check out the list below.

  • Microsoft (29% of all phishing attacks globally)
  • Amazon (13%)
  • DHL (9%)
  • Bestbuy (8%)
  • Google (6%)
  • WhatsApp (3%)
  • Netflix (2.6%)
  • LinkedIn (2.5%)
  • PayPal (2.3%)
  • Facebook (2.2%)

How do you protect yourself and your organisation from brand phishing attacks?

✅ Don’t click on suspicious email attachments.

✅ Check the domain name attached to the email. For example, if you get an email from Facebook, the email at the top will end in ..facebook.com

✅ Don’t click on links in emails you’re the slightest bit suspicious about. Go direct to the sender, and ask them if they sent the email.

✅ Double and triple check the URL of any website you visit. Never give your login details via email.

To find out if your IT security is up to scratch, get in touch with JamCrackers on 0800 955 8041 today to book your FREE Cyber Security audit.