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Huge Business Email Compromise Campaign Targets More Than 120 Organizations

According to Bleeping Computer, Microsoft reported that a large business email compromise (BEC) campaign has targeted dozens of organizations. The industries targeted varied from real ...
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Fake Court Order Used to Take Over Domains

Motherboard reports that a scammer used a phony court order to trick a domain registrar into giving them control over a domain that posted links to dark web drug markets. The scammer then ...
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Cybersecurity Spend Is Now More Than 20% of the Average IT Budget As 91% of Organizations Suffering an Attack had Operations Impacted

The latest data from the Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report highlights how organizations are experiencing cyber threats and how they are responding to increase their readiness for next time.
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Genesis Market: a Study in the C2C Economy

Researchers at Digital Shadows describe Genesis Market, a criminal-to-criminal marketplace that aggregates and sells digital fingerprints to facilitate cyberattacks. The researchers say ...
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U.K. Royal Mail-related Phishing Scams Are Up 645%

New data from CheckPoint highlights how scammers are using simple shipping-related social engineering scams to trick victims into giving up personal information and credit card details.
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Ransomware Operators Threaten to Short Victims’ Stocks

The Darkside ransomware operators are now offering to tip off unscrupulous stock traders before they post the names of publicly traded victim companies, the Record reports. The criminals ...
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Scammers Target Rogers Customers With SMS Messages

Scammers are targeting Rogers customers with text messages offering $50 refunds, according to BleepingComputer. The Canadian telecommunications provider suffered a widespread outage last ...
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Researchers Warn of EtterSilent Facilitating Risky Malware Delivery

Cybercriminals are using a new malicious document builder dubbed “EtterSilent,” according to researchers at Intel 471. The builder is used to craft Microsoft Office documents with macros ...
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Phishing Campaign Abuses Contact Forms

Attackers are abusing websites’ contact forms to send malicious emails to the websites’ owners, according to researchers at Microsoft. The emails contain bogus copyright claims with a ...
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Cybercriminals Use Job-Specific Social Media Platforms to Target UK Citizens With Fake Accounts

At least 10,000 UK citizens have been targeted by nation-state actors via fake LinkedIn accounts over the past five years, the BBC reports. Ken McCallum, Director-General of MI5, said ...
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A Legitimate Charity Prompts Scam Imitators

Scammers are impersonating philanthropist Mackenzie Scott, the billionaire ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, the New York Times reports. Scott prefers to give money directly and contacts charities ...
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Currently Popular Social Engineering Tactics

Criminals are exploiting new technology to launch updated versions of old attacks, according to Derek Slater at CSO. George Gerchow, CSO at Sumo Logic, told Slater that threat actors are ...
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APT Group Use Voice-Changing Software to Impersonate Women as Part of Espionage Attacks

The middle eastern threat group known as APT-C-23 are targeting male soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces in an attempt to get their victims to download and install malware.
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Office 365 Phishing Kits Are Being Used in a New Attack Targeting Execs and Finance

A new highly-targeted phishing campaign is seeking to compromise the online credentials of those with influence within an organization using an Office 365-themed update attack.
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Cybercrime Skyrocketed in the US by 55%

According to data released by StockApps, the annual loss from any type of cybercrime in the US reached $4.2 billion in 2020. This turns into billions of dollars lost, and a 55% increase ...
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Ubiquiti Cyber Attack Details Depict a Far More Disastrous Scenario Than Let On

New whistleblower details surrounding the December 2020 attack on the cloud-enabled IoT device manufacturer paints a far worse picture than what was disclosed.
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Security Awareness is the Key to Cybersecurity Behavior Change

As organizations seek to find ways to increase the effectiveness of their security stance, many are realizing the value of a cybersecurity-aware employee helping to keep the organization ...
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Forensically Investigating Phishing To Better Protect Your Organization

The single best thing you can do to reduce cybersecurity risk in your environment is to prevent and mitigate social engineering – phishing in particular. The first and best thing any IT ...
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Avoid Being Influenced by Instagram Scams

People need to be able to recognize common scams that will target them through Instagram and other social media sites, according to Harriet Stone at Naked Security. Stone points to ...
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A Can of Phishbait: from Surveys to Rule Changes to Your Boss's Boss

Employees need to continue being wary of phishing scams as they begin to return to the office, according to Roger Kay at INKY. Kay describes several phishing templates that INKY has ...
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