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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.

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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Leaked NSA slides: Chinese hackers wreaking havoc on USA

I have been talking for years at this blog about the Chinese hacking into the U.S. for mainly espionage, using highly sophisticated social engineering and spear-phishing attacks. This ...
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Spear Phishing Attack Results In $5.3 Million Bitcoin Cyberheist

"Newly leaked, confidential documents have revealed details into a cyberattack aimed at Bitstamp, a company that fundamentally deals as a cryptocurrency trader, according to a report in ...
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Woman conned out of £50,000 in shrewd spearphishing scam

In a variation of the "CEO Fraud", spearphishing is getting more up close and personal. Read this story and apply the lesson learned in your own life before you lose your life savings. ...
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Some Interesting Security Awareness Computer-Based Training Numbers

You may know Gartner, the 800-pound gorilla in the IT Analyst space. When a market is mature enough they create their so-called Magic Quadrant (MQ) with the leading vendors in that ...
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IBM: 'Dyre Wolf' Cyber Gang Uses Spear Phishing For $1 Million Cyberheists

Last week, IBM Security reported on an active cyberheist campaign using a variant of the Dyre Trojan that has successfully stolen more than $1 million at a time from targeted enterprise ...
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ALERT: New Ransomware Spearphish Uses One-Click Dropbox Attack

The cyber-mafia is stepping up the pressure. As you know, there are several competing gangs that are furiously innovating in an attempt to grab as much money as possible. Call it a ...
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Premera And Anthem Both Hacked Using Shrewd Social Engineering

Health records are the new credit cards. They have a longer shelf life and are often easier to get. There are more opportunities for fraud. No wonder that bad guys are after them with a ...
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Report: 71 percent successfully spear-phished in 2014

Adam Greenberg at SC Magazine reported on something interesting:
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Spear Phishing Attack Nearly Costs FL City $500K

A spear-phishing last month at Orange Park City Hall almost got away with $500,000 from the city's bank account. Fortunately it was caught in time so that a wire transfer that already had ...
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