Q1 2020 Coronavirus-Related Phishing Email Attacks Are Up 600%

KnowBe4 reports on the top-clicked phishing emails by subject lines each quarter in three different categories: subjects related to social media, general subjects, and ‘In the Wild’ - we get those results from the millions of users that click on our Phish Alert Button to report real phishing emails and allow our team to analyze the results.

COVID-19 Related Attacks Up 600%

The second most popular message of the entire quarter was a fake CDC alert about Coronavirus cases. Social media messages are another area of concern when it comes to phishing. The past quarter’s top-clicked social media email subjects reveal new login alerts, password resets and someone may have accessed your account messages are coming onto the radar.

Password Management Continues to Entice Clicks

Aside from social media-related messages, general subject lines related to password management were highest on the list once again. Another common theme is HR-related messages that mention organizational changes that potentially impact the daily lives of employees. Popular in-the-wild attacks – those that were real phishing emails and not KnowBe4 templates – were focused heavily on subjects around the Coronavirus and working from home.

See the Infographic with All Top Messages in Each Category for Last Quarter:

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