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Half of all Remote Employees Aren’t the Slightest Bit Prepared for Cyberattacks

New data from IBM suggests that employees, their devices, training, and organizational policies are all lacking when it comes making sure remote workers don’t become a victim of ...
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Business Email Compromise Attacks Focused on Invoice Fraud Surge by 75%

As attacks on the C-Suite decline, new data shows that employees in finance department roles are critical to the success of shifts in attack campaign strategy.
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New Sextortion Method Uses Social Engineering and Doxing To Identify and Target Victims

According to the SANS Internet Storm Center, cybercriminals are engaging their victims online, using social engineering tactics to collect needed details to extort money.
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How You Can Increase Employee Engagement with Security Awareness Training

One of the most common questions I get asked working for a security awareness training company is, how do I make employees more engaged with and care about the training? I get it. Who ...
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Slack Phishing

People need to be able to use their instincts in order to spot new phishing techniques, according to Ashley Graves, a Cloud Security Researcher at AT&T Alien Labs. On the CyberWire’s ...
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Pyongyang's Phishing with Job Offers

An attack campaign with possible ties to North Korea’s Lazarus Group targeted aerospace and military companies in Europe and the Middle East with spear phishing attacks late last year, ...
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Increase in BLM Domain Names Forecasts BLM Phishing Attacks

There has been a significant increase in DNS domain names containing blacklivesmatter or George Floyd’s name and there’s a good chance some of those are owned by people with malicious ...
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Twitter Takes Down Over 32,000  Nation State Accounts Involved in Disinformation Campaigns

Manipulation/disinformation campaigns are running rampant on social media and Twitter just took action -- again. "Disinformation" is a form of propaganda honed into an art form by Russia. ...
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Pretexting Defined

Pretexting is a social engineering tactic in which an attacker attempts to gain information, access, or money by tricking a victim into trusting them, according to Josh Fruhlinger at CSO ...
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[HEADS UP] Cybercriminals in Australia Harass Recipients with Abusive Transaction Descriptions on Bank Statements

There are bad guys in Australia that have given away money in order to use social engineering and harass people with abusive transaction descriptions that appear in online banking ...
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[Heads Up] The REvil Ransomware Gang Is Now *Auctioning Off* Their Victim Data

Intrepid investigative Reporter Brian Krebs had the news first. "The criminal group behind the REvil ransomware enterprise has begun auctioning off sensitive data stolen from companies ...
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Phishing Campaigns Using Google Firebase Storage

Scammers are hosting phishing pages on Google Firebase Storage to bypass email security filters, Threatpost reports. Firebase is a Google-owned application development platform that ...
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[Heads Up] The COVID Remote Work Mandate Skyrockets "Work From Home" Training Enrollments

KnowBe4 was one of the first to warn first about the impending COVID phishing tsunami on Jan 31, 2020.  The bad guys did not disappoint and went all-out, all cylinders firing, and pulled ...
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Preying on the Unemployed

An SMS phishing campaign has been exploiting the COVID-19 crisis by spoofing the website of a job placement agency, the New York Daily News reports. The scammers set up a website that ...
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The Three Pillars of the Three Computer Security Pillars

Much of the world, or at least the United States, is coalescing around the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. It’s a pretty good one to follow out of the many dozens that have been proposed ...
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Scammers Exploit Rollout of COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Apps

An SMS phishing campaign is telling people they’ve come into contact with someone who’s contracted COVID-19, Computing reports. The UK’s Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) ...
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Dutch Online Retailer Wehkamp Loses 144,000 Euros in Bankruptcy Business Email Compromise

Cyber criminals successfully gained access to email traffic between bankruptcy trustees and Wehkamp – one of the biggest online retailers in The Netherlands – writes RTL Z. Employees of ...
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That Email from President Trump? Yeah, That’s a Phishing Scam

New phishing scams impersonating President Trump and Vice President Pence are designed to install malware or be the start of an extortion scam.
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World's Largest Sovereign Wealth Fund Falls For $10m Social Engineering Attack

The Norwegian Investment Fund has been swindled out of 10 million dollars by fraudsters who pulled off a social engineering attack that the Norfund called "an advanced data breach" but ...
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Watch Out for the Coming Tsunami of Mortgage Rescue Phishing Scams

At this point in time, with 10 years of phishing attack analysis under our belt, we can predict with a high reliability level what will be showing up in the near future. We see two scams ...
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