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Learn about current spear phishing attacks, specific examples, and techniques the bad guys are currently using so your users don't fall for these attacks.

Spear Phishing Campaign Targets the US Military

Researchers at Zscaler warn that a spear phishing campaign is targeting the US military and other sectors with phishing emails that purport to be voicemail notifications. The emails ...
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A Closer Look at HR Scams: Does Niceness Have a Downside?

Threat actors are targeting HR employees who are looking to hire new people, according to Lisa Vaas at Contrast Security. As part of their job, HR employees frequently interact with ...
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Spear Phishing Campaign Targets Former Israeli Officials

An Iranian threat actor is conducting a spear phishing operation against Israeli officials, according to researchers at Check Point. The targets have included the former Foreign Minister ...
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Spear Phishing a Diplomat

Researchers at Fortinet observed a spear phishing attack that targeted a Jordanian diplomat late last month. The researchers attribute this attack to the Iranian state-sponsored threat ...
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Mustang Panda Uses Spear Phishing to Conduct Cyberespionage

The China-based threat actor Mustang Panda is conducting spear phishing campaigns against organizations in NATO countries and Russia, as well as entities in the US and Asia, according to ...
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Cozy Bear Goes Typosquatting

Researchers at Recorded Future’s Insikt Group warn that the Russian threat actor NOBELIUM (also known as APT29 or Cozy Bear) is using typosquatting domains to target the news and media ...
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More_eggs Malware Distributed Via Spear Phishing

Threat actors are sending out the stealthy “more_eggs” malware in spear phishing emails that target hiring managers, according to researchers at eSentire’s Threat Response Unit (TRU).
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TraderTraitor: When States do Social Engineering

North Korea’s Lazarus Group is using social engineering attacks to target users of cryptocurrency, according to a joint advisory from the US FBI, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure ...
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Q1 2022 Report: Holiday-Themed Phishing Emails Entice Employees to Click [INFOGRAPHIC]

KnowBe4's latest quarterly report on top-clicked phishing email subjects is here. We analyze the top categories, general subjects (in both the United States and globally), and 'in the ...
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Social Engineering from Tehran

Social engineering continues to be a core component of the Iranian government’s hacking operations, according to researchers at Recorded Future.
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The Evolution and Future of Ransomware

The history of ransomware spans over 30 years. The first specimen, known as the AIDS Trojan, was delivered via physical media using the postal system, and, upon its discovery, was quickly ...
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Scammers Now Exploit 'Slinks' in LinkedIn

Scammers are exploiting LinkedIn redirect links, or “Slinks,” to fool users and bypass email security filters, Brian Krebs reports. These links allow companies to track their marketing ...
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KnowBe4's Top-Clicked Phishing Email Results for Q4 2021 Compare the U.S. and EMEA [INFOGRAPHIC]

KnowBe4's latest quarterly report on top-clicked phishing email subjects is here. We analyze the top categories, general subjects (in both the United States and Europe, Middle East and ...
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A Cyberespionage Group Uses Social Engineering

A sophisticated China-aligned threat actor is using social engineering to carry out cyberespionage and financially motivated attacks, according to researchers at Trend Micro.
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Obvious, but Probably Effective: Konni RAT Screensaver

A North Korean threat actor is targeting users in Russia with a New Year’s Eve-themed phony screensaver file, the Record reports. Researchers at Cluster25 spotted the activity, and say ...
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Reducing Stress with CBD Is the Latest Theming for Phishing Attacks

Spanning three languages and at least 15,000 unique phishing emails, this latest phishing campaign targets stressed out workers in the U.S. and France, avoiding detection and promising to ...
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SideCopy: How an Intelligence Service Uses Phishbait

Researchers at Malwarebytes offer more details on a spear phishing campaign run by a Pakistani threat actor that’s come to be known as “SideCopy.” The campaign was first reported by ...
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New Phishing Campaign has Fake DHL Shipping

Researchers at Avanan have spotted a new phishing campaign that’s impersonating DHL with phony shipping notifications. The emails inform the recipients that they need to update their ...
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Spear Phishing Campaign Targets North Korean Defectors

A state-sponsored threat actor is sending spear phishing emails to North Korean defectors and also to journalists who cover matters related to North Korea, according to researchers at ...
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Malicious Retail Phishing Sites Spike Ahead of Shopping Holidays

Researchers at Check Point have observed a record number of malicious phishing shopping websites that have been set up over the past two months. The researchers assume these sites were ...
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