LinkedIn phishing emails most clicked in Q3 2020

LinkedIn phishing emails most clicked in Q3 2020

Emails with the keyword LinkedIn in the subject line topped the list of most opened social media phishing emails three years in a row.

This is according to data presented by Atlas VPN which showed that In Q3 2020, LinkedIn phishing emails had a 47% open rate — only a 1% drop from the same period in 2019.  

Top-clicked LinkedIn phishing emails include such subject lines as “You appeared in new searches this week!”, “People are looking at your LinkedIn profile”, “Please add me to your Linkedin network”, and “Join my network on LinkedIn”.  

The second most opened social media phishing emails included the keyword “Twitter”. Emails with a subject line “Someone has sent you a direct message on Twitter!” had a 15% open rate. 

Phishing attacks exploiting Twitter were followed by Facebook phishing scams. Emails titled “Your friend tagged you in photos on Facebook” had a 12% click rate.

Payroll phishing emails

According to the data, Payroll phishing emails were the most opened in the last quarter. 

The report notes that cybercriminals are often targeting employees, as such attacks can yield much higher profits. What is more, phishing emails are usually disguised as legitimate and basic messages employees see day after day.

That is one of the reasons why when it comes to general email subject lines, the top most opened phishing emails in the third quarter of this year were payroll emails. More specifically, emails titled “Payroll Deduction Form” had an impressive 33% open rate.

Furthermore, as the worldwide pandemic is still ongoing, COVID-19 themed emails continued to lure people into the phishing traps. Emails with keywords “COVID-19” and “pandemic” saw a 32% open rate.