Phishing Email Alerts
Catch of the Day: Web Form Phish
Chef’s Special: Voice Mail Phish
Examples of clever phish that made it past my spam filters and into my Inbox, or from clients, or reliable sources on the Internet.
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Web Form Phish
A popular way to phish is to send a web form to the owner of the website. This is an example, and is a simple extorsion threat that I am going to ignore. If you have a website with any sort of form, you can expect to get your share of these emails.
Voice Mail Phish
Here is a phish pretending to be a voice message. The WAV sound file is really a web link that resolves to https://email@example.com. This is another one to ignore.
Nothing says the bad guys are intent on stealing credentials like testing them while you participate in their phishing attack so they can verify the validity before letting you off the hook.
There are tons of stories where a fake log on to Office 365 is the punchline. But seldom do we see an attacker go the length to develop code that passes the compromised credentials over to Office 365 to check them out mid-attack.
They gained access to the social media accounts of some of the biggest names in sports. This included account takeovers of both NFL and NBA players. Now the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is revealing the attacker identities, detailing their attack methods, and charging them with federal crimes. The accused hackers in this case both live in the U.S., and only one of them is old enough to order a beer… Read more
USPS and FedEx Phishing Attack Texts Flood Mobile Phones
Taking a page from traditional phishing scams that seek to use broadly-accepted messages and send them to everyone, last month officially brought SMiShing to the cybersecurity forefront.
The bad guys have figured out that, beyond ransomware, cyberattacks are a long-tailed game. Whether the endgame is fraud, data theft, or espionage, the initial play is almost always stealing credentials, infecting with trojan malware, or gaining access to a network.
Traditionally the target is an endpoint device running Windows or Mac OS. But last month’s widespread SMS-based phishing attack using a fake delivery message only proved that the bad guys can use any device to start an attack.
Pretending to be USPS, FedEx, or an unnamed shipper, U.S. residents began receiving multiple delivery notification texts offering a URL for more information.
Most of these attacks attempted to steal Google account credentials, while some pointed to fake casino games. Back in February, the Federal Trade Commission issued an alert on such scams, but it wasn’t until last month that these types of texts went mainstream.
With more legitimate companies using texts as a means to stay in contact with customers having an overloaded email Inbox, this kind of attack is only going to see more attention from cyberattacks.
And because it’s just as easy to create a business-related text (“An Office 365 email has been quarantined. CLICK HERE” is all it takes!) to steal credentials, it’s imperative that users be educated to understand why and how these scams are used to trick them, and the repercussions to your organization should the user fall for them.