Phishing emails that attempt to victimize people working at home are on the rise, judging by the Q4 2020 phishing report from security training firm KnowBe4.
Messages that focus on social media are the biggest category, and LinkedIn-related phishing messages account for 47% of those.
In an analysis of test subject lines, KnowBe4 lists these as the most popular:
The company notes that Email subject lines are a combination of both simulated phishing templates created by KnowBe4 for clients, and custom tests designed by KnowBe4 customers.
Among “in-the-wild” subject lines, the most common included:
"It's no surprise that phishing attacks related to working from home are increasing given that many countries around the world have seen their employees working from home offices for nearly a year now," states Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4.
Sjouwerman adds, "Just because employees may be more used to their home office environment doesn't mean that they can let their guard down."