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Man Spends Thousands and is Exposed for Typosquatting with Cryptocurrency

A man in Brazil spent more than $200,000 on typosquatting domains between November 2020 and February 2021, the Washington Post reports. Typosquatting is a phishing technique in which ...
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New James Bond Movie is Cybercriminals Shiniest Phishbait

Cybercriminals are using the new James Bond movie, No Time to Die, as phishbait, the National reports. Researchers at Kaspersky warn that malicious ads and phishing sites are claiming, ...
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Phishing Attacks Maintain “New Normal” Elevated Levels into the Middle of 2021

New data from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (AWPG) shows the Q2 of 2021 showed similar phishing activity to that of Q1, indicating no slowdown in attacks.
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[HEADS UP] Millions of malicious emails will slip past security filters in Q4

Researchers at Tessian have published a report looking at recent trends in spear phishing attacks. The researchers found that 45% of employees said that they clicked on a phishing email ...
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Social Media as Artillery Preparation for Spear Phishing

Researchers at ESTsecurity warn that a North Korean threat actor known as “Kumsong 121” is using compromised social media accounts to launch spear phishing attacks, the Daily NK reports. ...
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Spear Phishing Becomes a Bigger Problem as the Average Organization is Targeted 700 Times a Year

With threat actors honing their trickery skills to craft the perfect email used to fool a would-be victim recipient, new data shows cybercriminals are stepping up their game on a number ...
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[INFOGRAPHIC] New Report Shows Users Are Falling for Security and HR-Related Phishing Attacks

KnowBe4's latest quarterly report on top-clicked phishing email subjects is here. These are broken down into three different categories: social media related subjects, general subjects, ...
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New LuminousMoth APT Takes a Double-Infection Vector Approach to Attacks

Spotted by security researchers at Kaspersky Labs, this large-scale yet extremely targeted campaign of attacks focuses on government organizations within Southeast Asia.
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Year-Long Phishing Campaign Targets Energy, Oil & Gas Companies Using Spoofed B2B Correspondence

Uncovered by the research team at cloud protection vendor Intezer, this new phishing campaign seeks to steal information and position each victim as the foothold to spear phish additional ...
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Spear Phishing Campaign Targets Energy Companies

Researchers at Intezer have spotted a phishing campaign that’s targeting energy companies in South Korea, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, and Germany. Most of the targets are ...
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Almost All LinkedIn User’s Data Has Been Scraped and is Up for Sale on the Dark Web

700 Million LinkedIn user’s personal details were posted for sale earlier this month, putting 92% of their userbase at risk of social engineering and spear phishing attacks.
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Spear Phishing Impersonation Attacks Take on New Tactics to Become More Convincing and Effective

As part of Business Email Compromise attacks, spear phishing now plays a material role, with impersonation sitting firmly at the core of their social engineering tactics… in more ways ...
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35% of All Security Incidents are Business Email Compromise Phishing Attacks

With the bad guys looking for the fastest means to get from attack to a big payout, BEC tactics are shifting tactics to adjust to organizations being better prepared.
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[Heads Up] Microsoft: SolarWinds hackers spear phish govt agencies from 24 countries

The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) has discovered that the SolarWinds hackers are behind an ongoing spear-phishing campaign targeting government agencies worldwide.
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A  New Smishing Trojan is Out and About

Researchers at Pradeo have observed a new Android malware campaign that uses text messages asking victims to pay a small fee for a delivery. The messages contain a link that will install ...
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Why Should We Care About Personal Smishing Attacks?

I am not sure what is going on these days, but for several weeks, I have received far more SMS-based phishing (i.e., smishing) attacks than usual.
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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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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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[INFOGRAPHIC] Q1 2021 Report Shows Users are More Savvy to COVID-19 Phishing Scams

KnowBe4's latest quarterly report on top-clicked phishing email subjects is here. These are broken down into three different categories: social media related subjects, general subjects, ...
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2021 Phishing Trends Face Alarming Predictions and Will Likely Include Automated Attacks

Researchers at INKY warn that targeted phishing attacks will continue throughout 2021, as some employees return to the office and others continue working from home. They predict that ...
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