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Spear Phishing Campaign Targets Financial Institutions in African Countries

Researchers at Check Point have discovered a spear phishing campaign dubbed “DangerousSavanna” that's targeting financial entities in at least five African countries.
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More Super Targeted Spear Phishing Ahead

Hardly a day goes by without a news alert about the latest HUGE data breach. It’s so commonplace today that it rarely rates showing at the top of the news. In a newspaper, the ...
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Children of Conti go Phishing

Researchers at AdvIntel warn that three more ransomware groups have begun using the BazarCall spear phishing technique invented by the Ryuk gang (a threat group that subsequently ...
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Spear Phishing Campaign Targets Facebook Business Accounts

Researchers at WithSecure have discovered a spear phishing campaign targeting employees who have access to Facebook Business accounts. The attackers are targeting specific employees, and ...
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KnowBe4’s 2022 Phishing By Industry Benchmarking Report Reveals that 32.4% of Untrained End Users Will Fail a Phishing Test

Once again, the human layer continues to be the most desirable attack vector for cybercriminals. 2022 marks the 5th year KnowBe4 has analyzed hundreds of millions of elements of data in ...
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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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