More Orgs Suffered Successful Phishing Attacks in 2021 Than in 2020

Enterprise organizations appear to be falling even further behind in their battle against phishing threats despite heightened awareness of the problem and efforts to curb it. A new study shows that in 2021 more organizations experienced at least one successful email-based phishing attack than the year before. There were also more opportunistic and targeted phishing attacks last year compared with 2020, as well as phishing attacks involving ransomware and business email compromise...

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Get It From The Source: Avoiding Covid-19 Vaccine Scams and More Trending Phishing Tactics

People are getting vaccinated! As Covid-19 infection and hospitalization rates decline again, we’re hopeful this time is different and with enough people getting access to effective vaccines there is light at the end of the tunnel to end the pandemic - at the very least in the form of achieving a managed level of endemic. We are all seeking a return to something approaching normalcy and an end to the...

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How to Protect Against Coronavirus Phishing Scams

Given the current state, holidays, and special cyber shopping sales, are no longer the only days to worry about email phishing scams. As mentioned in our previous blog (you can catch up here), the pandemic has resulted in a major surge in coronavirus related cyber scams. Everything from government related scams, shmishing campaigns, and most commonly, email phishing attempts, are taking advantage of vulnerable people during a fearful time. Phishing scams...

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The Email gateway may be more relevant than ever

The Email Gateway May Be More Relevant Than Ever

Phishing attacks, both targeted and broad spectrum, have become commonplace in the workplace and private life. If you have an email account, you have probably received at least a few offers to help a desperate, ex-communicated Prince in a far-off land gain access to his millions of dollars. All it will cost you is a few thousand bucks to cover his legal fees and you will get compensated tenfold! Come to...

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How To Protect Yourself From SMiShing Attacks

We've all gotten them - a random text message from your bank, your phone provider, or even someone claiming to know you or a family member. Scammers are everywhere and not only do they send phishing attacks to your email but they've moved to your text messages. Smishing is the term used to describe these SMS text message scams and it seems like it happens every time we turn around. So...

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Back-to-School Scams Target Students with Library-Themed Emails

Students should keep their eyes peeled for phishing emails purporting to be from their colleges, as well as online student resources laced with malware, researchers warn. College students settling back into school might want to think twice before clicking on an email prompting them to renew their school library account. Researchers warn that students at hundreds of universities worldwide are being targeted with fake emails this week, which tout attachments or...

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Study Reveals Phishing Identification and Data Protection Are the Top Problem Areas for End Users

Proofpoint, Inc., (NASDAQ: PFPT), a leading cybersecurity and compliance company, today released its fourth annual Beyond the Phish® report, which examines end user understanding of a broad range of cybersecurity topics and best practices. The report features analysis of data related to nearly 130 million cybersecurity questions and offers insights into employee knowledge levels across 14 categories, 16 industries, and more than 20 commonly used department classifications. “Cybercriminals are experts at gathering personal information...

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FireEye M-Trends 2019: Hidden Phishing Risks During Mergers and Acquisitions

FireEye M-Trends 2019: Hidden Phishing Risks During Mergers and Acquisitions

Partner, FireEye has released their most recent M-Trends report which looks at some of the significant trends and shifts of 2019, including the Hidden Phishing Risks During Mergers and Acquisitions. FireEye had previously discussed the risks of integrating a compromised organization into a parent organization back in their M-Trends 2012 report and this issue remains a large threat to organizations today. During a merger or acquisition, tight deadlines are in...

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Resurgence of WannaCry?

Resurgence of WannaCry?

The ransomware the took thousands hostage last year is back. But this time it’s different. Last year you may remember hearing about the WannaCry ransomware. The virus spread like wildfire and ended up infiltrating large organizations like the UK’s NHS and some areas of Nissan. Even a year later, mention of the attack makes some professionals wince. Playing on the fear the attack brought, a group of hackers brought the ransomware...

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How the Rise of Cryptocurrencies Fueled Cyber-Criminals

How the Rise of Cryptocurrencies Fueled Cyber-Criminals

Since the start of the year, there has been a fivefold increase in phishing attacks for cryptocurrencies. In 2016, Initial Coin Offerings (ICO’s)- essentially crowdfunding for cryptocurrencies- collected around $240 million. 2017 brought in over $5.5 billion in ICO’s. This exponential increase in value has caught the eyes of all institutional investors, along with inexperienced investors that saw cryptocurrencies as a ‘get rich quick’ opportunity. As history has dictated, any ‘get rich...

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