19 Sep 2019

Small businesses underestimate financial damage of cyberattacks

70% of small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) believe that losses from a successful cyberattack on their firm would not exceed $25,000, while over half think total damages would remain under $10,000, a new AppRiver survey shows. This implies that small business owners are grossly underestimating the amount of money they

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17 Sep 2019

Phishing attacks up, especially against SaaS and webmail services

Phishing attacks increased in the first half of this year, with many campaigns spoofing webmail and software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers, a recent APWG report[pdf] shows. The number of detected phishing campaigns surged from 138,328 in Q4 of 2018 to 180,768 in Q1 of 2019 and then grew further to 182,465 in

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12 Sep 2019

Iranian Hackers Hit Over 60 Universities to Get Library Access

Between July and August of this year, Iranian state-backed hacking group Cobalt Dickens (aka Silent Librarian) targeted over 60 universities across four continents as part of a phishing campaign designed to obtain unauthorized access to university libraries. Secureworks tracked the campaign and recently revealed all known domains linked to the threat

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04 Sep 2019

A look into the frequency and success of phishing attacks on SMBs

In the last 12 months, threat actors targeted 43% of small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) in the UK with a phishing attack in which they masqueraded as one or more employees, a new CybSafe report found. It is rather worrisome that two-thirds (66%) of targeted SMBs were actually compromised as

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30 Aug 2019

Phishing attacks jump by 21% in latest quarter, says Kaspersky

The number of phishing campaigns increased by 21% in the second quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year, a new Kaspersky report shows. The firm detected a total of 129.9 million phishing emails that impacted 12.3% of Kaspersky users. The most targeted organizations were banks (30.7%), payment

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29 Aug 2019

North Korean state hackers target retired diplomats and military officials

New research by IssueMakersLab has identified a unique state-sponsored threat campaign targeting retired South Korean government and military officials. Between July and August of this year, hackers linked to the North Korean regime sent spear phishing emails to the accounts of former officials. The emails contained malicious links that redirected

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28 Aug 2019

New Threat Group Targets Middle East

Hackers belonging to a threat group dubbed LYCEUM (aka HEXANE) have been launching attacks on organizations in the oil and gas sector since May of this year, new research by SecureWorks shows. This campaign primarily targets firms located in the Middle East, but LYCEUM has been active since April of

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27 Aug 2019

IRS Warns of New Imposter Scam That Spreads Malware

The IRS is warning taxpayers about a phishing campaign in which threat actors are masquerading as IRS agents. The scammers are distributing emails made to look like official IRS messages. Recipients are urged to click on a malicious link in order to download documents with information about their tax refunds.

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26 Aug 2019

Instagram Phishing Emails Use Fake Login Warning Baits

Threat actors are targeting Instagram users with a relatively believable phishing scam that warns people about login attempts for their account and urges them to confirm their identity by entering what looks like a two-factor authentication (2FA) code on a sign-in page for which the URL has been provided. If

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23 Aug 2019

Microsoft Tops Phishers’ Favorite Brands as Facebook Spikes

Microsoft remains the most impersonated brand in phishing attacks despite a 6.8% decline in unique Microsoft phishing URLs in the second quarter of this year, a new report by Vade Secure shows. PayPal clinched second place and Facebook completed the top three thanks to a 155% surge in campaigns spoofing

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