Phishers’ Favorites 2020 Year in Review

The Phishers’ Favorites 2020 Year in Review features a list of the top 20 impersonated brands in phishing attacks based on Vade Secure’s quarterly analysis of 1 billion mailboxes.

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The most impersonated brands in phishing attacks

Who were the most impersonated brands in phishing attacks in 2020? From long-time leaders like Microsoft to newly minted favorites, the 20 most impersonated brands in phishing attacks have a few things in common: a vast user base, a reputable brand that user's trust, and a network of cybercriminals willing to exploit them.

 

Key takeaways from the Phishers’ Favorites 2020 Year in Review:

  • Microsoft is the #1 impersonated brand.
  • COVID-19-themed attacks drove increases in phishing in Q2 and Q3.
  • Cloud services overtook financial services as the most impersonated industry.
  • e-Commerce phishing topped social media phishing.
  • Emotet malware drove mass Microsoft phishing in Q3.
  • Hackers are exploiting popular current events to manipulate users.

Download the eBook to see the list of the 20 most impersonated brands in phishing attacks.

Also, see real phishing emails used to lure victims, and learn how popular current events inspired the biggest threats of the year.