20 May 2019

Phishing targeting SaaS and webmail services increased to 36% of all phishing attacks

A new APWG report shows that a growing number of phishing attacks (36% in Q1 of 2019) target Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and webmail solutions. Just over a quarter (27%) of phishing campaigns went after payment services, while 16% targeted financial institutions. Greg Aaron of APWG explains that “phishers are interested in

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09 May 2019

Amazon Hit by Extensive Fraud With Hackers Siphoning Merchant Funds

Last year, threat actors obtained unauthorized access to around 100 Amazon seller accounts, which enabled them to change the bank details for the accounts and subsequently transfer funds from loans and sales to bank accounts under their control. The e-commerce giant has investigated the extensive fraud operation, which was active

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03 May 2019

Social media phishing attacks up more than 70 percent

New figures published by Vade Secure show that phishing attacks involving the impersonation of social media platforms rose by almost 75% in the first quarter of this year. The increase was mostly driven by a surge in attacks impersonating Facebook and Instagram. Despite a 4.5% decline in attacks, Microsoft remained

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01 May 2019

Most adults are concerned about malware and phishing on social media

A new study by ID Experts shows that most Americans have privacy and security concerns about social media platforms. When it comes to privacy, over two out of three (68%) respondents are worried about Facebook, while just two out five people are concerned about Instagram (40%) and YouTube (39%). Interestingly,

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29 Apr 2019

Security Pros Feel Aligned with Board, Still Fear a Phish

A recent report[pdf] by AT&T Cybersecurity shows that an increasing number of security professionals feel they are on the same page with the stakeholders, although the situation at larger organizations tends to be more harmonious than at small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs). Over a quarter (26%) of securty experts at

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23 Apr 2019

Russian hackers are targeting European embassies, according to new report

Check Point researchers have uncovered a recent campaign in which Russian threat actors targeted European embassies in various countries including Nepal, Guyana, Kenya, Italy, Liberia, Bermuda, and Lebanon. The hackers targeted embassy officials with emails containing sophisticated malicious files that were presented as official US State Department documents. Opening the

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23 Apr 2019

Report: Weaponized PDFs on the Rise

New research by SonicWall indicates that cyber attacks involving weaponized PDFs have dramatically increased in the past months. Last year, the company detected 47,000 PDF-based attacks. However, attacks of this kind began increasing in December and surged in March when 73,000 attacks were discovered, far more than the total for

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23 Apr 2019

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. sales@company.com). 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

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19 Apr 2019

FBI suspects Russians hacked ‘at least one’ Florida county, Mueller report says

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election states that the FBI believes the Russian military intelligence agency (GRU) “gained access to the network of at least one Florida country government” in November of 2016. The GRU allegedly managed this feat by

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17 Apr 2019

Over 80% of All Phishing Attacks Targeted U.S. Organizations

PhishLabs’ latest annual report on phishing trends shows that the vast majority of phishing campaigns (84%) targeted US organizations in 2018. In 2017 the number was slightly higher (85%). However, the overall number of phishing attacks increased by a whopping 40,9% between 2017 and 2018. Organizations in the financial sector

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