Be careful when using LinkedIn, it is now a pirate’s paradise

Frequent email notifications from Linkedin are creating the perfect environment for criminals looking to steal key credential information from users of the workers’ social network.

A report by cybersecurity experts Egress found that cybercriminals have uncovered an opportunity to steal identities with the help of email notifications from Linkedin.

The number of phishing emails from the social network has grown by 232% in February 2022 alone, which shows the effort by hackers to take advantage of this situation.

The premise is simple: Hackers know that LinkedIn sends numerous email notifications, almost every day, from “you have appeared in 8 searches this week” to “your profile matches with this job”, going through dozens of variables like that.

In this way everyone is used to the bombardment of emails by LinkedIn. This makes us lower our guard, stop being as careful as usual and, finally, prick where we should, experts explain.

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The link, as you can imagine, takes the victim to a website that looks identical to LinkedIn, but submitting the credentials there only means that our identity and password details end up in the hands of criminals.

For this reason, all of us must be very careful when reading the emails that enter our mailbox referring to this social network, especially if they contain directed links.

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We recommend hover over links before clicking on them and go directly to LinkedIn to check for messages or updates.

Other big brands too are being used for phishing, like Amazon, DHL, Microsoft, and many, many others. So don’t let your guard down if you don’t want to fall.