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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.

The New Ransom Target: Entertainment Files. Who Is The Next Phishing Victim?

Remember the James Bond movie Goldfinger? It was based on Ian Fleming's seventh novel, which first featured the timeless quote: "Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, the third time ...
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Facebook and Google Were Victims of 100 Million-Dollar Phishing Scam

We have been reporting on this massive Cyberheist for a while now, but Fortune Magazine decided to unleash their investigative reporters and find out exactly who those two mysterious ...
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A Single Spear Phishing Click Caused The Yahoo Data Breach

A single click was all it took to launch one of the biggest data breaches ever. One mistaken click. That's all it took for a Canadian hacker aligned with rogue Russian FSB spies to gain ...
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Verizon Wanted A 925 Million Discount Because Of Yahoo Hacking. CEO Mayer gets 23 Million Parachute

A newly filed Schedule A proxy statement at the Securities and Exchange Commission shows that Verizon requested a discount of 925 million dollar off the original 4.83 billion purchase ...
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SEC Phishing Emails Target Execs For Inside Info

A sophisticated phishing attack is trying to get confidential corporate information. Bad guys are sending spoofed emails claiming to be from the Security and Exchange Commission, and ...
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VISA warns for Flokibot Spear Phishing Infections

VISA warned all its merchants that multiple infosec firms reported on the emerging threat of a new malware variant identified as “Flokibot.”
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Bad News: Your Antivirus Detection Rates Have Dramatically Declined In 12 Months

We all had the nagging suspicion that antivirus is not cutting it anymore, but the following numbers confirm your intuition. I have not seen more powerful ammo for IT security budget to ...
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Russian Breach US Grid? Nah, Someone Fell For Social Engineering And Enabled Macros

Breathlessly, the Washington Post reports that the Russian Grizzly Steppe malware was found within the system of a Vermont power utility.  Nah, they just dodged a bullet. This time ...
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AI-powered ransomware is coming, and it's going to be terrifying

Business Insider started an article with the following: "Imagine you've got a meeting with a client, and shortly before you leave, they send you over a confirmation and a map with ...
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Evidence Hillary Was Speared In Phishing Attack

The Smoking Gun reported: "SEPTEMBER 2--The FBI’s Hillary Clinton investigation turned up evidence that her e-mail accounts were targeted in multiple “spear phishing” attacks, one of ...
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Clinton Foundation Gets Spear-Phished By Russians, Hires FireEye To Investigate

REUTERS just reported that the Clinton charitable foundation hired the security firm FireEye to examine its network after seeing indications they might have been hacked by Russians, ...
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Scam Of The Week: Illegal Game of Thrones Download

Illegally downloading television shows and movies from a variety of torrent websites is done all the time. The HBO series, "Game of Thrones" is the #1 downloaded, not surprisingly. This ...
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Wow, the bad guys are moving fast with CEO Fraud!

KnowBe4 is expanding fast, we now have 120 employees and we just hired a new controller late May to help out our very busy CFO. Part of the KnowBe4 onboarding is getting through our ...
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[INFOGRAPHIC] Don't Be The Victim Of A Cyberheist

We have created a new infographic for your users, as part of your ongoing security awareness program. It's a few good reminders how to stay safe online, and to keep their awareness levels ...
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Prince Death Overdose Caught On Video! Stolen out of a spear phishing attack?

Our CTO was picking up some groceries and saw this at the check-out, stolen straight out of a spear phishing email... or was it?  LOL.
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Hello mass spear phishing, meet ransomware!

Ransomware is now one of the greatest threats on the internet.  In the past, IT Security firms used to monitor spear-phishing attacks by espionage outfits, but these techniques are now ...
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American Chamber Of Commerce Scam Is Spear-phishing Prep

You may be aware of Steven Weisman, Esq. He writes a great daily blog called Scamicide, and is a is a nationally recognized identity theft expert, experienced university lecturer, proven ...
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Half Of Your Users Are Now Spear Phishing Targets

In a presentation at the Intelligence & National Security Summit, Bill Evanina, Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) announced "There have been just ...
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US Counter-Intel Czar Warns Hack Victims Against Spear Phishing

WASHINGTON–In a presentation at the Intelligence & National Security Summit, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) announced a "new ...
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Pentagon Top Brass Spear-phished

The Pentagon divulged that its computer networks were penetrated by suspected Russian hackers using spear-phishing. The hackers got into their unclassified email network used by the Joint ...
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