Apple was the most imitated brand for phishing attacks in Q1 2020

Phishing is one of the most common attacking methods used by cybercriminals to dupe people into giving up data or money. Hackers often imitate popular brands as a front to trick people into believing that an email is sent by a genuine company.

According to a report from cybersecurity firm Checkpoint, Apple is the most imitated brand for phishing scams in Q1 2020 followed by Netflix, Yahoo, and WhatsApp. Researchers at the firm said attackers tried to take advantage of the buzz created by the Cupertino-based tech giants anticipated product launches.

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While the web remained the favorite platform for cybercriminals to target for phishing with a 59% share of attacks, mobile rose to second place with 23% attacks as people are spending more time on their devices due to worldwide lockdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic.