Report: 10 most-clicked email subject lines for phishing attacks

Jessica Kim Cohen - Print  | 

The No. 1 most-clicked phishing email subject line is "Security Alert," according to a KnowBe4 report.

The Clearwater, Fla.-based security awareness training provider aggregated information on the most-clicked email subject lines from its simulated phishing tests conducted during the second quarter of 2017.

Here are the 10 most-clicked phishing email subject lines.

1. Security Alert — 21 percent

2. Revised Vacation & Sick Time Policy — 14 percent

3. UPS Label Delivery 1ZBE312TNY00015011 — 10 percent

4. BREAKING: United Airlines Passenger Dies from Brain Hemorrhage — VIDEO — 10 percent

5. A Delivery Attempt was made — 10 percent

6. All Employees: Update your Healthcare Info — 9 percent

7. Change of Password Required Immediately — 8 percent

8. Password Check Required Immediately — 7 percent

9. Unusual sign-in activity — 6 percent

10. Urgent Action Required — 6 percent

"The subject lines we are reporting here actually made it through all the corporate filters and into the inbox of an employee," said Perry Carpenter, chief evangelist and strategy officer at KnowBe4. "Ultimately this means that a company's 'human firewall' is an essential element of organizational security because people truly are the last line of defense."

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