Brand phishing has become an ally of cybercriminals during the worst months of the health crisis, when they refused to stop their activity and even attacked health entities.

Check Point analyzes the attacks that the official pages of well-known brands imitated throughout the second quarter to deceive Internet users and thus steal their personal information, including passwords and money. For this, URLs similar to the original ones were created and links were sent that redirected users to them.

Between the months of April and June, phishing attacks increased by email, which now account for a quarter (24%) of all attacks by phishing . Microsoft, Outlook and Unicredit were the most imitated brands with this technique, according to the latest edition of the Brand Phishing Report .

«Cybercriminals continue to focus on tricking us through reputable and trusted brands,» says Lotem Finkelsteen, director of Threat Intelligence at Check Point.

«Throughout this last quarter, we have detected an increase in the activity of phishing by email,» he confirms. «Since teleworking has been implemented as a rule in In recent months, the email inbox has been one of the main targets of cybercriminals ”.

«For this reason,» he continues, «right now I would avoid opening a document in an email as much as possible, especially if it is supposedly from Google or Amazon.»

Google and Amazon, along with WhatsApp, were the most affected brands in general terms , and lead the attacks via web, which represent 61% of the total.

It should be noted that Apple , which in the previous edition of the Check Point report was the most copied brand in phishing attempts, now drops to the seventh position .

For their part, mobile phishing attacks represent 15% and are directed, in this order, at Facebook, WhatsApp and PayPal.

Experts believe that phishing attacks will continue to grow. Those of phishing by mail should proliferate throughout the second half of the year, «since all the indications point to what could be an imminent cyber pandemic «, according to Lotem Finkelsteen.

«To be safe, I would use only authentic websites,» he recommends, in addition to «being careful of special offers and keeping an eye on similar domains as much as possible.»