The IRS published an urgent alert about a growing spear phishing attack during this year’s tax season. Cybercriminals are stealing W-2s from large organizations to file fraudulent tax returns and steal identities. Although a similar attack appeared last year, this time cybercriminals are raising the stakes by also asking for fraudulent wire transfers and targeting [...]
Discover the latest technology, learn about new approaches to security, and meet Vade Secure at RSA 2017! RSA is next week from February 13-17 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Meet us in Moscone North at booth #5014 near the sponsor meeting suites. Are hackers phishing with your brand? Find out at our booth! [...]
Spear phishing scams and major hacking operations were some of the biggest news stories in 2016. Voter databases were hacked during the election and even a major transportation agency had a breach. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like things will be slowing down in the new year. Just as we were leaving 2016 behind, three more [...]
Spear Phishing is a huge problem for IT organizations and for general management. Spear phishing differs significantly from standard mass phishing emails (most of which are filtered out by the same techniques used to block spam). Rather than just sending tens of thousands of generic emails in the hope that one or two will get [...]
There is no denying that phishing is a huge problem that is continuing to grow. In just the first quarter of 2016, 6.3 million phishing emails were sent out, a 789% increase from the last quarter of 2015. Among those emails, a shocking 93% contained ransomware. Between the last quarter of 2015 and the first [...]
Fighting spear phishing with artificial intelligence is the solution. An email arrives in your work inbox. No big deal. You probably get hundreds of messages every day. You recognize the sender. It’s your work friend Dave. It reads, “Dude, did you see Lebron last night? That was awesome!” You shoot back a quick, “Yes! I [...]
Business Email Compromise (BEC) is a serious matter. This email-borne hacking technique presents a radically more sophisticated version of the age-old “Nigerian Prince” scam. BEC targets businesses that regularly perform wire transfer payments to foreign entities. According to the FBI, the attacker uses a phishing approach, “Compromising legitimate business e-mail accounts through social engineering or [...]
Hacking is more than a nuisance. It’s more than just a legal liability or a public relations problem. If the events of the last few weeks are any indication, hacking might have a say about whose fingers will be on the button to launch America's 1900 hydrogen bombs. A quick recap: More than one malicious [...]
The distributed, virtual nature of e-commerce gives exceptionally good cover for spear phishing hackers.
An HR department has a tangential, but quite important relationship with IT. What should HR managers know about spear phishing? And what can — or should — they do about it?