Apple is now the most exploited brand in phishing attacks

Apple is now the most exploited brand in phishing attacks

Not only Apple are known worldwide, as the Cupertino giant’s brand is also quite popular. This, although it is great for the company’s visibility, attracts the eyes of evildoers in several spheres, mainly online.

In this sense, a new research by Check Point Research points out that Apple is now the most exploited brand in attacks phishing – in a list that includes other giants like Netflix, Facebook, Amazon, etc.

Cybercriminals continue to exploit users by adopting attempts to phishing sophisticated email, mobile and web apps that pretend to be well-known brands, which they [os cibercriminosos] know they are in high demand right now.

Let’s go by parts: first, the sector most likely to be targeted phishing, according to the survey, it was technology – more than banking and media services. This happens due to the dissemination of products and services in this area, mainly, by the way, during the pandemic of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – as the number of people working remotely has increased, as have online transmissions.

In the meantime, Apple was the brand most exploited by cybercriminals to attack users in the first quarter of this year, rising from seventh place (at the end of 2019) to the top of the ranking, accumulating 10% of all attacks from phishing checked. THE Netflix ranked second, with 9% of all attempts to phishing related to the company.

Check the list of the 10 most used companies by cybercriminals to spread attacks phishing:

  1. Apple (10%)
  2. Netflix (9%)
  3. Yahoo (6%)
  4. Whatsapp (6%)
  5. PayPal (5%)
  6. Chase (5%)
  7. Facebook (3%)
  8. Microsoft (3%)
  9. eBay (3%)
  10. Amazon (1%)

Another factor that contributes to the popularity of Apple among criminals is the high value of the Apple ID in dark web. A survey released in 2018, inclusive, estimated that the credentials of an Apple account were sold at a much higher price than other non-financial services.

In fact, attacks against Apple users happen in many different ways (some of them very old), either from SMS with embedded links, or involving some of the iOS security tools, such as the Find app.

Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the credibility of a website / email before entering your credentials (whatever) online. Check out some tips on how to protect your Apple ID in the following video:

Remember that Apple never asks for your Apple ID password by email or SMS – only on its official website and on authentic company services. Finally, be sure to enable two-factor authentication for your account.

via 9to5Mac

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