Once upon a time, a phishing email would nearly always impersonate a financial organization, would be poorly written and easily recognizable. Today, there are many ways that phishers can target organizations, employees and consumers – and multiple avenues that they take to do so. As society becomes increasingly dependent on online processes, phishers … [Read more...] about Cryptocurrency users falling prey to phishing schemes
A quick look at the impact of phishing attacks reveals some shocking statistics. According to research from OpSec, the frequency of phishing attacks increased by 79 percent in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same time last year. The primary reason for the proliferation of phishing is clear: when done right, it can be an incredibly effective … [Read more...] about Phishing kits now casting a wider net
What are the 2018 cybercrime trends? Well, there are a lot, from cryptocurrency – a new, emerging threat that I feel like we’ll be talking more about as the year goes on – to rising concerns over the Internet of Things attacks. Then there are the tried-and-true attacks: classic phish, smishing and vishing that are still very effective. For the … [Read more...] about The Top 3 Trends in Phishing Right Now (Part 1)
In this third and final part of my three-part series on the challenges we face to securely functioning online in 2018, I’ll look at the threat of Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams during tax season in the United States. For the past couple of years, I’ve written about how Business Email Compromise scams are associated with tax season which runs … [Read more...] about Part 3: Email Compromise Scams are Still Prevalent – Prepare for Tax Season!
Last year I wrote Tax Season Equals Fraud Season, and this year is no different. On February 3, the IRS issued an urgent alert warning businesses that threat actors are again using the same executive impersonation scam from last year, except in 2017 they have expanded beyond for-profit businesses to non-profit organizations, such as schools, … [Read more...] about Here we go again! Tax Season Scams are Back