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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.

Microsoft Sees Phishing on the Rise

According to Microsoft security research, the percentage of inbound emails associated with phishing on average increased in the past year. For some, this may feel like obvious news, but ...
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Europol Finds Majority of Attack Groups Rely on Spear Phishing as Primary Infection Vector

A new report from Europol’s European Cybercrime Center (EC3) breaks down how targeted phishing attacks are being done, and how to avoid becoming a victim.
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Google Sent 12K Nation-State Phishing Warnings In Three Months

Google's Threat Analysis Group (TAG) delivered thousands of alerts of government-backed attempts to spearphish gmail users over just a three-month period earlier this year, they reported.
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Click Confessions of a Security Expert

As a “human security” expert, I used to take a lot of pride in my well-honed security hygiene. Yeah… that all ended back in early 2017 when I joined KnowBe4. You see, up until that time, ...
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Instagram Copyright Infringement is the Latest Phishing Scam Targeting Social Media

Focused on compromising social media credentials, scammers trick Instagram users into giving up credentials and other personally identifiable information with convincing phishing emails.
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Third Party Phishing: The New Spear-Phishing Attacks That Traditional Defenses Just Don't Stop

Joe in accounting is pretty cyber-savvy. He doesn’t fall for basic phishing emails with masked URLs or phony password reset requests. But what happens when Joe gets an email from a ...
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A New Attack Category is Born: You Now Need to Also Worry About Evasive Spear Phishing

Researchers have combed through 25 million emails and found a new method of attack that blends two previously seen attack types combined into a single attack.
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I Can Phish Anyone

I’m a bit surprised by some aggressive corporate anti-phishing policies which say they will fire anyone for one accidental phishing offense. Send me the names and email addresses of the ...
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CRN: "Kevin Mandia -- Detect Spear Phishing, Lock Down CEO Email To Stay Safe"

Michael Novinson at CRN had a great article that really explains the issues we are dealing with. He started out with: "Spear phishing remains the most common way for adversaries to ...
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Extremely Embarrassing 250,000-record Data Breach At Hookers.nl

The data of 250,000 users of Hookers.nl, a forum where experiences with prostitutes and escorts are exchanged, have been stolen and offered for sale on the internet. It concerns e-mail ...
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U.S. Organizations Involved with Nuclear Deterrence are the Target of North Korean Phishing Attacks

Using some very sophisticated methods, the Kimsuky group is believed to be behind a spear phishing campaign aimed at stealing U.S. secrets.
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Chinese State-Sponsored Phishing

A sophisticated threat group is going after a variety of industries using spearphishing and an arsenal of malware, according to Nalani Fraser and Fred Plan from FireEye. Fraser and Plan ...
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North Koreans Spear Phish U.S. Victims With Social Engineering Hidden In Obscure Kodak FlashPix Format

A suspected North Korean threat actor has been sending spear phishing emails targeting US organizations, according to Prevailion researchers Danny Adamitis and Elizabeth Wharton. Adamitis ...
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Massive phishing wave of account hijacks hits YouTube creators

Over the past few days, a massive wave of account hijacks has hit YouTube users, and especially creators in the auto-tuning and car review community, a ZDNet investigation discovered ...
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Scam Of The Week: See Jeffrey Epstein Last Words On Video

This weekend, news broke that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his cell, apparently a suicide. This is a celebrity death that the bad  guys are going to be exploiting in a variety of ...
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New UK Study: "3 out of 4 phishing scams get to your inbox untouched"

Chris Matyszczyk wrote: "Apple sends me so many invoices every week that I scarcely know what I've gone and bought. This appears to have also crossed the minds of researchers at the UK's ...
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Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Global Telecom Networks With Spear Phishing

The WSJ revealed a brazen hack by Chinese state-sponsored bad actors who totally owned more than 10 global telecom networks, and had full admin access to their networks. They were able to ...
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FBI Alert: Last Week Conflict With Iran Can Cause Spear Phishing Retaliation

This blog post has been superseded by a more recent one.  You can find this new post here.
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“Hack for Hire” Groups Offer Single Account Break-In Services For Just $750

  Along with everything else malicious that’s available “as-a-Service”, the latest addition takes the burden of trying to initially hack an organization off of the plate of would-be ...
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