Many businesses continue to underestimate phishing threat

Despite being around for almost three decades, phishing is still a popular cybercrime tactic, a new report from Sophos claims. Phishing owes most of its popularity to its simplicity, scalability and capacity to flex to current events.  To address the issue, most businesses are deploying cyber awareness programs and various training initiatives, with varying levels of success. The biggest problem …

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Phishing attacks hit a huge number of businesses last year

In the past year, almost three-quarters (73 percent) of businesses suffered a data breach as a result of a successful phishing campaign. The trend can be partly attributed to remote working, as businesses struggle to maintain visibility and protect their remote workers, a new report from Egress suggests. Based on a poll of 500 IT leaders and 3,000 employees in …

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Cybercriminals launch targeted phishing attacks against Microsoft 365 users

Cybercriminals continue to abuse Microsoft branding to steal personal information, corporate data and account credentials, a new report suggests. According to email security company Vade, Microsoft is the cloud brand most frequently impersonated in phishing attacks. It’s also the company to feature in the greatest number of phishing emails since 2018. In total, more than 12,000 Microsoft-related phishing attacks were …

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What are the key challenges facing employees when it comes to phishing attacks?

Humans are often described as the weakest link in an organization’s security posture, and we frequently see ‘human error’ as a reason why an attacker has been able to breach an organization’s network. The human error that causes such attacks may be through phishing emails when cybercriminals send large numbers of targeted malicious messages to an employee which are disguised …

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Workers are still falling for obvious phishing attacks

Regardless of how obvious a phishing attempt may be, some employees will still happily click away, putting themselves and their organization at risk of data theft. This is according to a new report from cybersecurity firm KnowBe4, which claims phishing email attacks related to HR topics (for example, an email discussing new policies affecting everyone in a company) are still …

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Too many workers are still falling victim to phishing attacks

Organizations that don’t educate their employees on the dangers of phishing are putting themselves at risk, a report from security training platform KnowBe4 claims. The company recently tested employees to see how likely they were to fall for a phishing scam and found that that almost a third (31.4 percent) failed to identify such an attack.  Phishing is a type …

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Mobile phishing has seen a huge rise in some industries

Despite Mobile Device Management (MDM) being deployed to “significantly” more devices last year, mobile phishing exposure among financial services has almost doubled. A new report from integrated endpoint-to-cloud security company Lookout, based on behavioral analysis of telemetry data from nearly 200 million mobile devices, 140 million apps and more than four million new URLs a day., found that there had …

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Phishing attacks are becoming even more dangerous

Not only has the scale of phishing attacks increased over the past year, but they have also become more dangerous as cybercriminals perfect their tactics. These are the findings of a new report from Unit42, the cybersecurity branch of Palo Alto Networks.  Analyzing data pulled from its WildFire platform over the course of 2020, Unit 42 uncovered that fraudsters are …

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Vaccine phishing attacks surge as the rollout gathers pace

It appears that cybercriminals have been paying close attention to the news, with the number of Covid-19 vaccine-related spear-phishing attacks surging every time there’s an important announcement or breakthrough. This is according to a new report from cybersecurity firm Barracuda, which analyzes the number of vaccine-related phishing attacks between October 2020 and January 2021, during which period the first vaccines …

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Many companies would sack employees over phishing mistakes

Employees who repeatedly fall for real or simulated phishing attacks at work are in danger of getting sacked, a report from security firm Proofpoint reveals. Based on a survey of 600 information security professionals, the report states that 27% of UK companies have admitted that a lack of cybersecurity awareness and resilience against phishing attacks could lead them to dismiss …

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