Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Endpoint

5/2/2019
11:15 AM
50%
50%

Facebook, Instagram Are Phishers' Favorite Social Platforms

Cloud companies continue to represent the most phishing URLs, but social media saw the most growth in Q1 2019.

Facebook phishing spiked 155.5% in the first quarter of 2019, pushing social media into the fourth most-popular category for phishing attacks. Instagram phishing URLs jumped 1,868%.

Social media saw more growth than any other phishing category evaluated in the Vade Secure "Phishers' Favorites" report for the first quarter of 2019, which shares the 25 most impersonated brands for each quarter. This is the first time it published a global report after seeing little change in top brands for North America and Europe in the previous three quarters.

Facebook was the top spoofed brand in the first quarter of 2018, and then dropped for three straight quarters, falling to No. 7 in the fourth quarter of 2018. Researchers aren't sure why it's now again appealing to hackers. One reason could be the rise of social sign-on using Facebook accounts, which attackers could use to view and compromise other apps people have authorized for Facebook login. Another theory involves Facebook's dubious security practices.

Instagram is an interesting target because, as researchers point out, phishing attacks targeting the brand were "virtually nonexistent" for three straight quarters before spiking in 2019. In early March, a phishing campaign tried to trick victims into providing credentials in exchange for a "verified" Instagram badge; analysts think these incidents drove the increase.

Microsoft was the top spoofed brand in the first quarter of 2019. Researchers attribute the trend to the high value of Office 365 credentials, which give intruders access to the Office 365 platform and let them commit a range of attacks: suspended account claims, malicious links, and fake OneDrive and SharePoint documents. PayPal came in second after phishing attacks rose 88% in the first quarter.

Cloud was the top category for phishing URLs. More than 40% of phishing links impersonated cloud services, down from 49.6% in the fourth quarter of 2018. Why the drop? Four of six cloud brands in the top 25 (Microsoft, Docusign, Adobe, Google) all saw quarter-over-quarter declines.

Read more details here.

 

 

 

Join Dark Reading LIVE for two cybersecurity summits at Interop 2019. Learn from the industry's most knowledgeable IT security experts. Check out the Interop agenda here.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
RyanSepe
50%
50%
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
5/3/2019 | 9:24:41 AM
Not surprising in the least
Facebook where people divulge too much information would be a great watering hole to gather data for impersonation. I think the two biggest ones that I would target are facebook and linkedin.
97% of Americans Can't Ace a Basic Security Test
Steve Zurier, Contributing Writer,  5/20/2019
TeamViewer Admits Breach from 2016
Dark Reading Staff 5/20/2019
How a Manufacturing Firm Recovered from a Devastating Ransomware Attack
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  5/20/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: This comment is waiting for review by our moderators.
Current Issue
Building and Managing an IT Security Operations Program
As cyber threats grow, many organizations are building security operations centers (SOCs) to improve their defenses. In this Tech Digest you will learn tips on how to get the most out of a SOC in your organization - and what to do if you can't afford to build one.
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2018-7201
PUBLISHED: 2019-05-22
CSV Injection was discovered in ProjectSend before r1053, affecting victims who import the data into Microsoft Excel.
CVE-2018-7803
PUBLISHED: 2019-05-22
A CWE-754 Improper Check for Unusual or Exceptional Conditions vulnerability exists in Triconex TriStation Emulator V1.2.0, which could cause the emulator to crash when sending a specially crafted packet. The emulator is used infrequently for application logic testing. It is susceptible to an attack...
CVE-2018-7844
PUBLISHED: 2019-05-22
A CWE-200: Information Exposure vulnerability exists in all versions of the Modicon M580, Modicon M340, Modicon Quantum, and Modicon Premium which could cause the disclosure of SNMP information when reading memory blocks from the controller over Modbus.
CVE-2018-7853
PUBLISHED: 2019-05-22
A CWE-248: Uncaught Exception vulnerability exists in all versions of the Modicon M580, Modicon M340, Modicon Quantum, and Modicon Premium which could cause denial of service when reading invalid physical memory blocks in the controller over Modbus
CVE-2018-7854
PUBLISHED: 2019-05-22
A CWE-248 Uncaught Exception vulnerability exists in all versions of the Modicon M580, Modicon M340, Modicon Quantum, and Modicon Premium which could cause a denial of Service when sending invalid debug parameters to the controller over Modbus.