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Stu Sjouwerman

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New Phishing Attack on Microsoft 365 Users Leverages Open Redirects to Avoid Detection

The use of open redirects from legitimate domains makes phishing emails that much more believable and credible, obfuscating the dangerous nature of these attacks.
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That's Not the US Department of Transportation, It's a Phishing Attack

A phishing campaign is impersonating the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), according to Roger Kay at INKY. The campaign is targeting infrastructure contractors who are eager to bid ...
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Brute Force Attacks are on the Rise as June sees a 671% increase

With nearly one-third of all organizations targeted in a single week and just above one-quarter on the average, attempts to access externally facing resources is growing in popularity and ...
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Researchers Discover Vulnerability Used for Deception and SSID Stripping

Researchers at AirEye have discovered a vulnerability in the way in which devices connect to wireless networks that could allow an attacker to trick a user into connecting to a malicious ...
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U.S. Cyber Command General Promises 'Surge' To Fight Ransomware Attacks

The Hill reported 9/14/2021: "Gen. Paul Nakasone, the head of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency (NSA), is working to “surge” efforts to respond to the ...
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Register for the Cybersecurity Virtual Summit KB4-CON EMEA Today!

We’re thrilled to host our first KB4-CON Cybersecurity Virtual Summit specifically for EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa). At this one-of-a-kind event you’ll hear world-renowned ...
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Social Media as Artillery Preparation for Spear Phishing

Researchers at ESTsecurity warn that a North Korean threat actor known as “Kumsong 121” is using compromised social media accounts to launch spear phishing attacks, the Daily NK reports. ...
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Business Email Compromise Scam takes New Hampshire Town for $2.3 Million

Social engineering is at the heart of this attack, where scammers successfully tricked a town into redirecting not just one but several bank transfers.
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Ransomware Resurrection? REvil Servers Come Back Online

After months of what was thought to be the retirement of the REvil ransomware gang, REvil-related systems and Tor sites popped up on the Dark Web last week.
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Blame it on the Lizard Brain

People need to work to overcome their inherent biases in order to avoid falling for social engineering attacks, according to Heidi Mitchell at the Wall Street Journal.
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[On-Demand Webinar] A Master Class on Cybersecurity: Roger Grimes Teaches Data-Driven Defense

Even the world’s most successful organizations have significant weaknesses in their cybersecurity defenses, which today’s determined hackers can exploit at will. There’s even a term for ...
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Wanting to Stream the Italian Grand Prix This Weekend? It Might Be a Scam.

With so many fans worldwide wanting to watch the race online, cybercriminals have stepped up to meet the demand with fraudulent websites intent on stealing credit card details.
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A Look at Phishing Keywords

Researchers at Expel offer a useful list of the top keywords used in phishing emails. First on the list is the word “invoice,” which is a general term that will be relevant to most ...
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The Number of Daily Ransomware Attacks Increase Nearly 1000% in 2021

New analysis of cyberattack data by security vendor Fortinet sheds light on not only how much ransomware is really being experienced, but who’s being attacked the most.
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The Amount of Weekly New Phishing URLs Has Grown Nearly 2.5x Since 2020

The increase in remote users mixed with a lack of adjusting to cloud-based security services likely created the perfect opportunity for cybercriminals.
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BEC, Fraud, and Ransomware Attacks Are All on the Rise and Costing More Than Ever

New data from cyber insurer Coalition puts the spotlight on not only how much worse attacks are getting, but claim data paints the picture that organizations just aren’t ready.
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Phishing for the German Bundestag

The German government has called out Russia for carrying out phishing attacks against German politicians ahead of the country’s upcoming parliamentary elections, the Associated Press ...
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[FREE COURSES] Two New Training Modules are Now Available to Support Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. To help you achieve your security awareness training goals for this important month, we're giving you two free training modules to share with ...
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