Hackers are targeting these employees the most (hint: it’s not the C-suite)
A new proofpoint report shows that phishing campaigns are increasingly targeting generic email accounts within companies (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org). Almost 30% of targeted phishing attacks in Q4 of 2018 were directed at such email addresses, which are usually shared between multiple employees, up from 13% in the previous quarter.
The report also found that regular employees are targeted a little more often than people in senior management and executive positions. The most popular targets were employees of R&D/engineering departments, which were targeted 30% more than average. This is quite striking, since campaigns targeting R&D/engineering personnel often involve cyber espionage.