Phishing Attacks: The State of the Art

Phishing Attacks: The State of the Art

It’s why awareness training will never be good enough. And it’s why the best phishing protection technology may always fall a little short. The truth is, some of the best and brightest minds around are using their smarts to come up with more clever and more undetectable phishing exploits. It’s a technological arms race, and maybe the best you can ever hope for is a tie.

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Why Most Phishing Prevention Advice Falls Short

Why Most Phishing Prevention Advice Falls Short

Phishing attacks are everywhere, and so is advice for how to prevent them. None of the advice offered is wrong, it’s just woefully incomplete.

A recent article on the Security Week website, Business Email Compromise Still Reigns, discusses the FBI’s annual Internet Crime Complaints Center (IC3) report and why business email compromise (BEC)—a type a phishing attack—is so prevalent.

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Just When You Thought Taxpayer Phishing Season Was Over

Just When You Thought Taxpayer Phishing Season Was Over

It’s not surprising that hackers use W-2 phishing scams during tax season. Taking advantage of topical and popular subjects is at the heart of social engineering. But, the W-2 scams don’t usually target taxpayers.

According to the article on CSO Online, “The W-2 scam tries to take advantage of folks in accounting, controller and HR roles by presenting urgent

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How One Successful Phishing Attack Lead to Forced Early Retirement

How One Successful Phishing Attack Lead to Forced Early Retirement

If you ever find yourself the victim of a phishing attack and ransomware, you’ll only have a few options to try and deal with your circumstances.

Today, successful ransomware attacks involve stolen or encrypting the victim’s data. And to get it back, you have to pay the ransom. Of course, paying the ransom is no guarantee that you’ll get your data back, but it’s certainly higher than not paying it.

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Seriously? Over 1 Billion Records Leaked in One Month

Seriously? Over 1 Billion Records Leaked in One Month

That’s more than 30% of people on the planet with internet access. In one month! All of that during April 2019, bringing the annual total to 5.64 billion. I wonder what will happen in May.

An article on IT Governance Blog details all of the cyber-attacks, ransomware, data breaches and financial information that was compromised during the most recent month. There’s over 70 in the list including 25 healthcare providers and 19 schools and government agencies. I doubt the list is complete.
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Game of Thrones Phishing Scams: What Do You Need To  Know?

Game of Thrones Phishing Scams: What Do You Need To Know?

The last season of Game of Thrones (GoT) is finally on air, and everyone seems to be excited about it! GoT is one of the most successful shows ever to be shown on TV. However, the massive popularity of the show has lead to cybercriminals exploiting people’s love for it by tricking individuals into various online scams, and many people have lost their hard earned money by fraudulent emails in circulation nowadays.

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Phishing Prevention Technology: Why Aren’t Municipalities Onboard?

Phishing Prevention Technology: Why Aren’t Municipalities Onboard?

If you haven’t heard lately, when it comes to getting phished, municipalities and local governments aren’t doing too well. And it’s costing them a lot of money.

According to a recent article on SC Magazine website, four different municipalities were hit with ransomware attacks during the week of April 15, 2019. The article said, “Augusta, Maine; Imperial County, Calif.; Stuart, Fla.; and Greenville, N.C. were all in different stages of recovering from ransomware attacks over the last seven days.”

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Top Phishing Targets by Industry: 2019 Edition

Top Phishing Targets by Industry: 2019 Edition

Phishing attacks are becoming more prevalent across almost all industries worldwide. But some industries are targeted more frequently than others.

Email fraud remains one of the most common ways cybercriminals gain unauthorized access to their victims’ IT systems. Now, however, cybercriminals are beginning to expand their attacks to include more sophisticated tactics that rely on email, social media, and even victims’ mobile devices. You need more than email security to protect yourself against phishing.

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Microsoft Office 365: A Phishing Attack Waiting to Happen

Microsoft Office 365: A Phishing Attack Waiting to Happen

There are a lot of benefits to using Microsoft Office 365. It contains business tools with which you’re already familiar. It’s easy to set up and offers anytime, anywhere access.

You’ll see many of these features and benefits promoted on the Office 365 website. Won’t you want to see there among the list though is that using Office 365 makes you extremely vulnerable to a phishing attack. Why is that?

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The Latest Phishing Trends Traced to Russia

The Latest Phishing Trends Traced to Russia

Russia and its hackers have been popular in the news for the past several years. Whether to allegedly influence foreign elections or steal intellectual property its sphere of influence is worldwide.

But first a bit of history.

How did we get to this point in time? Countries have always been involved with clandestine activities to undermine or even overthrow neighboring governments. They have used deception and sometimes even force to accomplish their goals. So it was only a matter of time before technology was embraced as a tool to this end. And so began the partnership between hacker and government.

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Spear Phishing Prevention for Small and Medium Size Businesses

Spear Phishing Prevention for Small and Medium Size Businesses

What is spear phishing?

Spear phishing is when you receive an email from someone or some company you trust. It looks legitimate. It may even have the names and extension number of coworkers. It looks authentic, so you don’t give it a second thought. But you should, because it’s from an attacker, and they’re trying to steal your valuable information. Do you have reliable email phishing prevention security?

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Top Phishing Email Attacks Worldwide in 2018

Top Phishing Email Attacks Worldwide in 2018

 

2018 was a good or bad year for phishing depending on which side of the law you were on! Phishing is defined in many places on the internet, but I like the Cambridge Dictionary definition the best: “an attempt to trick someone into giving information over the internet or by email that would allow someone else to take money from them, for example by taking money out of their bank account”.

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