LinkedIn is the preferred social network for virtual scams

LinkedIn is the preferred social network for virtual scams

According to a report by specialists, for the first time LinkedIn is the brand most used by cybercriminals to carry out crimes. Then DHL and Google are positioned.
According to a report by specialists, for the first time LinkedIn is the brand most used by cybercriminals to carry out crimes. Then DHL and Google are positioned.

In today’s world, most people take advantage of the comfort of the home internet to do everything with just a single click or by touching the screen of a cell phone. This ranges from shopping online to managing bank accounts. Although it presents many facilities, it also leaves us exposed to potential cyber fraud.

Cyber ​​hackers often use social networks to apply social engineering tactics. Check Point Software Technologies conducted a study to find out which are the most impersonated companies in Internet fraud.

As a result of that study, LinkedIn ranks first, followed by DHL and Google. Posing as these companies, criminals send similar emails and try to extract financial or personal data from their potential victims.

The report raised the curiosity that LinkedIn is the company located in the first rung since it showed an increase of 44% in cases of cyber fraud . The information did not go viral due to the current context in which most countries find themselves, since given the time, many are in search of job and professional opportunities.

Also, experts  noted that hackers contact LinkedIn users through an email identical to the company’s to entice them to click on a malicious link. Once the victim enters the site, which also appears to be the official one, it asks to log in, but it takes over the password and username.

Once they get the passwords, cybercriminals take control of the account to send spam, fraud or other social engineering tactics.

Rachel Maga
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life's biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.