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Beware LinkedIn Invitations, Mail Delivery Messages

Phishers favor emails that appear to be from LinkedIn friends or email systems, study says.

Beware messages that appear to be invitations to connect on LinkedIn -- that's a phishing attacker's favorite ruse, according to a study published Wednesday.

The 2013 phishing study, published by security vendor Websense, offers a list of the top five subject lines used by attackers to disguise phishing emails. The list:

1. Invitation to connect on LinkedIn

2. Mail delivery failed: returning message to sender

3. Dear Customer

4. Comunicazione importante

5. Undelivered -- Mail Returned to Sender

"The list portrays how cybercriminals are attempting to fool recipients into clicking a malicious link or downloading an infected file by using business-focused and legitimate-looking subject lines," the study said.

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