The move to home working provided new opportunities for phisherfolk, but as many people start to return to their offices the attackers are pivoting to exploit that too. A new report from email phishing protection specialist INKY shows attacks are capitalizing on vulnerability and the desire for accurate information about returning to the office in-person.
INKY processed 656,954,951 emails in 2020. From this data, they ranked the top 25 most-phished brands during 2020. In round numbers, that’s two-thirds of a billion. Within this pool, Inky found 4,874,096 phishing campaigns. Of those phishing campaigns, 591,293 of them were brand impersonations. Out of the brand-impersonation group, INKY found 40,903 unique campaigns.
Source: www.healthitsecurity.com A new phishing campaign has been spotted in the wild using hidden text, or what’s known as zero font, to bypass email security controls and deliver malicious emails to the user, according to a recent report from Inky Technology.
Video conferencing tech has been a lifeline for businesses, helping them sustain operations and communications amid the surreal events of 2020. But this sudden reliance was a vulnerability that some were ready to exploit.
Inky has reported a new phishing attack designed to confuse Secure Email Gateways (SEG). The attack is using hidden text to stop the SEG rejecting the email as fraudulent. It is also taking advantage of the Unicode Soft Hyphen feature to hide the displayed text from the SEG engine. The result is that the email is delivered to the user, looks like a legitimate email and is likely to be successful at harvesting user credentials.
We’re used to hackers slipping malicious links and attachments into phishing emails. That doesn’t mean there aren’t the occasional slip-ups that result in malware infections, but for the most part, cyber-savvy users recognize the tricks used to fool them.
Initially targeting Zoom users; the phishing scam aims for Outlook and Office365 credentials. As the digital world deals with the added responsibility of hosting more and more meetings online, popular video conferencing apps like Zoom and Microsoft Teams have increasingly come under fire from cybercriminals.