Phishing emails targeting LinkedIn accounts are on the rise. Here's what to watch out for

LinkedIn users are being urged to watch out for suspicious emails because the professional networking website is one of the most popular brands targeted by cyber criminals in phishing attacks.

According to cybersecurity researchers at Check Point, who analysed phishing emails sent during the first three months of this year, over half of all phishing attacks (52%) attempted to leverage LinkedIn. 

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The phishing emails are designed to look like they come from LinkedIn, but if the recipient clicks the link, they’re sent to a login page designed to look like LinkedIn, and if they enter their email address and password, they’ll be handing them to the attacker, who can use that information to log in to the victim’s LinkedIn account. 

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The attacks aren’t particularly sophisticated. But by targeting a commonly used service like LinkedIn, there’s a good chance that some of the recipients won’t spot that what they’re interacting with is a phishing attack. 

“These phishing attempts are attacks of opportunity, plain and simple. Criminal groups orchestrate these phishing attempts on a grand scale, with a view to getting as many people to part with their personal data as

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