Q3 2020 KnowBe4 Finds Coronavirus-Related Phishing Email Attacks Still Prevalent

Q3 2020 KnowBe4 Finds Coronavirus-Related Phishing Email Attacks Still Prevalent

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LONDON, Oct. 14, 2020

KnowBe4 releases Q3 2020 top-clicked phishing report

LONDON, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- KnowBe4, the provider of the world's largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today revealed the results of its Q3 2020 top-clicked phishing report.

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The report reveals coronavirus-related email subjects remain the biggest threat. Covering the entire third quarter, simulated phishing tests with a message related to the coronavirus were the most popular, with a total of 50%. Social media messages are another area of concern when it comes to phishing, and LinkedIn phishing messages dominate as the top social media email subject to watch out for, holding the number one spot at 47%.

"During this pandemic, we've seen malicious hackers preying on users' biggest weak points by sending messages that instill fear, uncertainty and doubt," said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4. "Our Q3 report confirms that coronavirus-related subject lines have remained their most promising attack type, as pandemic conditions weaken judgment, and lead to potentially detrimental clicks."

In Q3 2020, KnowBe4 examined tens of thousands of email subject lines from simulated phishing tests. The organisation also reviewed 'in-the-wild' email subject lines that show actual emails users received and reported to their IT departments as suspicious. The results are below.

Top 10 General Email Subjects

*Capitalisation and spelling are as they were in the phishing test subject line.

**Email subject lines are a combination of both simulated phishing templates created by KnowBe4 for clients, and custom tests designed by KnowBe4 customers.

When investigating 'in-the-wild' email subject lines, KnowBe4 found the most common throughout Q3 2020 included:

*Capitalisation and spelling are as they were in the phishing test subject line.

**In-the-wild email subject lines represent actual emails users received and reported to their IT departments as suspicious. They are not simulated phishing test emails.

For more information on KnowBe4, visit www.knowbe4.com.

About KnowBe4
KnowBe4, is the provider of the world's largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform and is used by more than 35,000 organisations around the globe. Founded by IT and data security specialist Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organisations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to awareness training on security. Kevin Mitnick, an internationally recognised cybersecurity specialist and KnowBe4's Chief Hacking Officer, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Tens of thousands of organisations rely on KnowBe4 to mobilise their end users as the last line of defence.

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