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Facebook phishing surges, Microsoft still most impersonated brand

August 23, 2019

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Vade Secure published the results of its Phishers’ Favorites report for Q2 2019. According to the report, which ranks the 25 most impersonated brands in phishing attacks, Microsoft was by far the top target for the fifth straight quarter.

There was also a significant uptick in Facebook phishing, as the social media giant moved up to the third spot on the list as a result of a staggering 176 percent YoY growth in phishing URLs.

The report was developed by analyzing the number of unique phishing URLs detected by Vade Secure. Leveraging data from more than 600 million protected mailboxes worldwide, Vade’s machine learning algorithms identify the brand being impersonated as part of its real-time analysis of the URL and page content.

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