Microsoft, PayPal, and Google top the table of Phishing Email trends

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Comodo Cybersecurity, a company which offers threat intelligence and cyber defense services have announced that one in 100 emails received by companies is of Phishing genre. And the most frequently targeted brands are Microsoft(19%) , PayPal(17%) and Google(9.7%).

According to the latest Global Threat Report from Comodo Cybersecurity, the three phishing subject-lines ranking at the top in this year were

    • Your account will be locked—PayPal (40 percent)
    • Info– FedEx(10 Percent)
    • August Azure Newsletter- Microsoft(8 percent)

Here, the researchers of Comodo Security stressed on one particular phishing attack email regarding Microsoft Azure’s Newsletter. The mail looked so authentic with URL and LOGO that it made the recipients click on the attachment which further led them to a ‘Take a survey’ button leading them to a website infected with malware.
 
“These correlations stand out in the data, beyond the realm of coincidence”, said Fateh Orhan, Vice President, Comodo Cybersecurity Threat Research Labs.

Among other things highlighted in the survey, the researchers emphasized the concerning increase in malware deployment around the world. Comodo researchers have documented the impact of malware on elections held in Russia, Turkey, Mali, Sierra Leone, Azerbaijan, and Columbia.
 
Also, the security report also highlighted the fact that malware detection has also lead to a geopolitical crisis- such as Israel Palestine conflict, military operations of Saudi Arabia against Yemen and Iran Nuclear Weapons agreement along with Syrian civil war.

Note- Comodo Group is a Clifton, New Jersey-based company known as the largest issuer of SSL Certificates- a digital certificate used to prove an electronic documents identity. Founded in 1998 in the United Kingdom, the company later relocated to the United States in 2004 after which it started to set standards by contributing to the Internet Engineering Task Force(IETF) DNS Certification Authority Authorization(CAA) Resource Record.