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COVID-19 phishing attacks continue to increase

COVID-19 phishing attacks continue to increase

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COVID-19 phishing attacks continue to increase

KnowBe4 has released the results of its Q2 2020 top-clicked phishing report. The results found that phishing email attacks related to COVID-19 remained frequent in Q2 2020. Covering the second quarter, simulated phishing tests with a message related to the Coronavirus were the most popular, with a total of 56%. Social media messages were another area of concern when it comes to phishing. Within the same report, KnowBe4’s top-clicked social media email subjects reveal password resets, tagging of photos and new messages.

Boris Cipot, Senior Security Engineer at Synopsys, said: “As one can see from the subject titles, phishing emails are really just feeding on people’s current state of mind. At present, there will likely be some reference to the Coronavirus pandemic, the need to virtually connect with someone over Zoom or simply a sense of insecurity whilst working from home, particularly when technology is not cooperating. Phishing emails are tailored to reflect ongoing situations, as it makes it easier for bad actors to leverage the fears and insecurities of the recipient.”

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