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Chef’s Special: Spear Phishing Attacks
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A Guide to Phishing Attacks
[2023.01.27] This is a good list of modern phishing techniques.
Spear Phishing Attacks Increase 127% As Use of Impersonation Skyrockets
Impersonation of users, domains and brands is on the rise, as is the use of malicious links, in response to security vendors improving their ability to detect malicious attachments.
I talk often about the back-and-forth that exists between cybercriminal groups and security vendors. Security solutions improve their detection capabilities, and threat actors work tirelessly to find new ways to evade detection. New data found in GreatHorn’s 2023 State of Email Security report shows that this is exactly what’s been happening in the last 12 months.
Let me paint the picture for you – according to the report, in 2022:
- Microsoft and Google have improved their attachment scanning capabilities
- Spear phishing increases 127% to focus specific scam themes on specific targets
- Executive Impersonation jumps 344% making the attack seemingly come from a trusted source
- 43% of all potentially dangerous emails are now impersonation emails
- All of the top 20 malicious links used were from compromised domains with positive reputation scores to bypass native scanning controls, such as those used by various Google services
About the Author:I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com