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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Ransomware Attacks Your Organization’s Ability to Function

Ransomware Attacks Your Organization’s Ability to Function

By the time any business is aware that they are the target of a ransomware attack, it’s too late. Once a hacker has breached security and enticed a user to click on a malicious link or attachment, access to local data on that employee’s computer is locked. In order to unlock the data, a ransom must be paid. In about 91% of cases, the vector for ransomware is incoming email, often in the form of a spear phishing attack that purports to be from a sender known and trusted by the victim.

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The Threat Of Ransomware is Real

The Threat Of Ransomware is Real

Ransomware is a multi-million dollar a year online business that can strike any organization.

Both Ransomware and legitimate business engage in email marketing campaigns with the intent of making sales to new customers. In the case of legitimate business, some good or service of value is returned to the client. In the case of ransomware, business is slowed or halted by malware that locks or deletes files, and a ransom is demanded that may or may not stop the attack or reverse the damage if paid. Ransomware is criminal but make no mistakes: its top producers make millions of dollars a year in revenue.

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Are You Ready To Meet The Threat Of Locky Ransomware?

Are You Ready To Meet The Threat Of Locky Ransomware?

Locky is a ransomware variant that was first reported in 2016.

The most common version of the attack arrives as an attachment to an email. When opened, the attachment is mostly unreadable, except for a direction to the user to enable macros in order to make the content readable. If this is done however, an embedded macro in the “message” runs and saves the Locky virus to the user’s hard drive. After that, typically any Microsoft Office files, videos, and images on the hard drive are encrypted through the office 365 phishing email.

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Phishing is a Threat – Protect Yourself!

Phishing is a Threat – Protect Yourself!

The overwhelming majority of attempts to compromise the security of business information today being with a phishing attack. By relying on the misplaced trust of users, phishing, spear-fishing, and whaling attacks gain access to confidential data: users click a link, open an attachment from a “trusted source,” respond to a social engineering attempt, or are otherwise tricked into revealing such information.

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Advanced Threat Defense Helps Your Organization Mitigate Phishing Scams

Advanced Threat Defense Helps Your Organization Mitigate Phishing Scams

Every day, there is an increasing number of phishing and spear fishing threats, which cause disruption and damaging loss of revenue to companies worldwide.

These scams are crafted with the sole purpose of getting your employees to reveal passwords, security credentials, business secrets, and other information which would otherwise remain secure. So-called phishing scams are responsible for the vast majority of hacking attacks against corporations and individuals today.

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