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SBA Phishing: Malicious Actors "Return to Roots" in the Hunt for Money

By Eric Howes, KnowBe4 Principal Lab Researcher. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate news headlines as well as the development of malicious email attacks designed to separate ...
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Re-Opening the American Economy? Malicious Actors Have a Plan...

By Eric Howes,  KnowBe4 Principal Lab Researcher.  If you've been following the news over the past week or so then you know that a robust debate has opened at federal, state, and local ...
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Struggling with the Whole WFH Thing? Fear Not! The Bad Guys are Here to Help!

By Eric Howes, KnowBe4's Principal Lab Researcher.  Over the past month we have provided readers with regular updates on the growth and development of Coronavirus-themed phishing emails ...
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They're Here! COVID-19 Stimulus Check Phishes Finally Arrive

Last week the FBI warned Americans to be on the look-out for malicious emails attempting to bamboozle users with news surrounding economic fiscal stimulus checks that were to be delivered ...
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[Heads-Up] Feeding Frenzy: COVID-19 Phishing Attacks Surge as U.S. Reels from Pandemic

By Eric Howes,  KnowBe4 Principal Lab Researcher. Having already published three blog pieces on the epidemic of Coronavirus-themed phishing emails and spam/scam offerings online (see ...
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Secret Service Warning: Exploiting the Coronavirus for Fraud and Profit.

By Eric Howes,  KnowBe4 Principal Lab Researcher. On Monday of this week we published a review of the coronavirus-themed emails that had been reported to us by customers using the Phish ...
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Exploiting the Coronavirus: The Spammers, the Scammers, and the Bad Guys

By Eric Howes,  KnowBe4 Principal Lab Researcher. If you've been paying attention to the news over the past week or so, you've undoubtedly noticed that the majority of the stories on your ...
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Guess Who Else is Now Doing Security Training Surveys?

By Eric Howes,  KnowBe4 Principal Lab Researcher. A few months ago, KnowBe4 began offering customers two new kinds of scientifically-based assessments to help IT departments get a better ...
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[Heads-up] It's OK To Just Say No To Phone Scams

Earlier this week a credit union located in the Midwest United States alerted its members via email to a pair of phone-and-text-based scams designed to trick unwitting users into coughing ...
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They Know If You've Been Bad or Good...

Like most of the rest of us, malicious actors the world over love the holidays. It's a prime season to run social engineering schemes on users who are already of a mind to open their ...
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The Bad Guys Have a New Favorite Online Service to Exploit (And It May Be One You Never Heard Of)

Over the past few years malicious actors have apparently decided that the future of phishing lies in exploiting trusted online services. Your users have undoubtedly seen the upshot of ...
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Heads-Up: Malicious Actors Want to Join Your Team!

Microsoft Teams has seen rapid adoption in the three years since it was released back in 2016, becoming by some estimates the second most used business collaboration tool after Skype. ...
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One more reason to keep your money stuffed under your mattress?

By Eric Howes,  KnowBe4 Principal Lab Researcher.  Every so often someone flags an email with our Phish Alert Button that isn't a phishing email but is still very interesting. In this ...
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Exploiting Google on the Cheap

By Eric Howes,  KnowBe4 Principal Lab Researcher.  So, maybe you're a bad guy who doesn't have fancy code monkeys who can cook up an exploit that effectively converts Google into a ...
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The Government may be shut down, but the bad guys are not

By Eric Howes, KnowBe4 Principal Lab Researcher.  Once again we are starting tax season, and malicious actors are spinning up phishing campaigns to exploit the myriad opportunities ...
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Is that phone call really from Amazon?

By Eric Howes,  KnowBe4 Principal Lab Researcher.  Now that it's the holiday season, malicious parties across the globe are exploiting Amazon's good name and popularity with consumers to ...
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School Daze: Clever Phishing Emails Target Educational Organizations

By Eric Howes,  KnowBe4 Principal Lab Researcher. It will surprise few people to learn that during our daily review of suspicious emails forwarded to us by users of the Phish Alert Button ...
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Phishing from Beyond the Grave...

By Eric Howes,  KnowBe4 Principal Lab Researcher. It's no secret that the threat of phishing emails has been growing at an alarming rate for a number of years. Indeed, ZDNet recently ...
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