In another highly visible ransomware event, Techcrunch recently reported that Congress was warned about ransomware attacks that were impacting the House of Representatives. While ransomware is by no means new, Congress was warned that these attacks were personalized and are specifically targeting third-party email services such as Yahoo or Gmail. Additionally, Congress was warned that their machine could be encrypted by simply clicking the link within the message. [Read more…]
Reuse of infrastructure supporting malware distribution is a well-documented characteristic of online crime and a key way to track and classify threat actors. While it may seem simplistic for monitoring threat actor activities, the IP addresses, domains, hostnames, and URLs contacted by malware tools betray a significant amount of information about threat actor groups. For some malware attacks, it’s possible to determine the threat actor’s identity based on the infrastructure used, but, other times, the lines are blurred because some organizations harbor cyber criminals. [Read more…]
You spoke…we listened.
PhishMe CBFree Computer Based Learning modules launched in October 2015 and was extremely well received among users. As an initial launch, we listened heavily to our customer’s feedback and have a new set of modules. [Read more…]
This week, Recorded Future published another segment in their recent “Threat Intelligence Thought Leadership Series” featuring PhishMe’s Chief Threat Scientist Gary Warner. The article titled Why You Should Launch a Threat Intelligence ‘Hunt’ Team covers a variety of perspectives on threat intelligence, from driving factors in today’s threat intelligence community, actionable intelligence trends and even advice for aspiring threat intelligence analysts on how to navigate today’s information security landscape. [Read more…]
At PhishMe we talk frequently about a familiar concept that cyber attacks and phishing emails are very rarely sent to only one organization. While security teams tend to focus on threats to your organization, PhishMe Intelligence is watching for email-based threats for EVERY organization. As we were gathering information about tax-related phishing scams this year, we noticed that institutes of higher learning were being hit quite broadly by this year’s W2 related scams. [Read more…]
On 4/6, the Phishing Intelligence team came across a wave of phishing emails that contained a .js file packaged inside of a zip file used to deliver malware. This is nothing new, and has been seen being pushed out by resources associated with the Dridex botnet and the Locky encryption ransomware. The interesting piece is that the attackers are using a new piece of malware called RockLoader to download and install the malware on remote systems. Downloaders are nothing new, as Upatre was used with Dyre and Gameover ZeuS in the past. RockLoader has several tricks up its sleeve. [Read more…]
Today, we happily launched our comprehensive end-of-year report Gone Phishing: 2015 Global Malware Round Up Report completely free to the public and our customers. This whitepaper provides information security professionals, incident response teams, threat intelligence analysts and C-level technology leaders across the globe with insights on the most effective phishing attacks used today and the malware payloads they deliver. [Read more…]
Today, we are excited to announce the launch of our brand new PhishMe Community. The site is designed exclusively for PhishMe customers as a centralized hub where users can build a collaborative knowledge base, learn technical tips and tricks, engage with peers to share new ideas, and grow existing anti-phishing programs. [Read more…]
Important disclaimer: THE IRS DOES NOT INITIATE CONTACT WITH TAXPAYERS BY EMAIL, TEXT MESSAGE, OR SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS TO REQUEST PERSONAL OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION. (See: https://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing )
The IRS has a very active security team, currently part of the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), that is responsible for fighting phishing and tracking down the criminals who prey on U.S. tax payers. If you believe you have received a Phishing email, please help them by reporting the email you received to email@example.com. Additionally, please also consider sending a copy to our team. PhishMe Brand Intelligence automatically processes any URLs found in emails sent to Report@phishIQ.com (not just IRS phish – we love gathering global intelligence on all phish).
There is a reason that most data breach incidents involve phishing attacks: phishing works. Attackers know that it is far easier to gain access to a protected network by tricking people into clicking on malicious links and attachments than it is to penetrate sophisticated firewalls and intrusion detection systems. And they know that they have an edge over the defenders because they only have to win once to gain access. As defenders, we need to stop them every time. We can’t prevent attackers from soliciting people with phishing emails. But we can take away their edge.