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Active Phishing Campaign: Yousign HR Lure

A new, sophisticated active phishing campaigns focuses on malicious emails that leverage Yousign e-signature services to carry out phishing attacks. Learn more about this tactic through examples, high-level details, and associated threat indicators.
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Abusing Data to Avoid Detection: Cybercriminal Adoption of Browser Fingerprinting

Browser fingerprinting is one of many tactics phishing site authors use to evade security checks and lengthen the lifespan of malicious campaigns. While browser fingerprinting has been used by legitimate organizations to uniquely identify web browsers for nearly 15 years, it is now commonly exploited by cybercriminals. Today, it is considered widely used for phishing purposes.
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Dark Web Actors Overwhelmingly Target Card Data, Finance in Q4

Credit unions were the top targeted industry on the Dark Web in Q4 2023, continuing its lead over the historically targeted banking industry for the third consecutive quarter. Financials as a whole continue to be a primary focus of criminal groups on underground channels, with more than 91% of malicious activity directed at either credit unions, banks, financial services, or payment services. ...
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Social Media Attacks Focus on Financials, Executives in Q4

In Q4, impersonation threats made up more than 45% of total attacks on social media, with the vast majority targeting banking and financial services. Impersonation on social media continues to grow, with threats specifically targeting corporate executives responsible for driving the majority of volume for three consecutive quarters. The average number of social media attacks per business has...
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DarkLoader Leads Malware Attacks in Q4

In Q4, three malware families represented more than 93% of all payload volume targeting end users, with Malware-as-a-Service (MaaS) DarkLoader leading all other reports. Fortra first received reports of DarkLoader in user inboxes in Q3, with attack volume picking up significantly beginning in October. The shift to criminal activity associated with DarkLoader comes after coordinated efforts by...
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O365 Volume Up in Q4 as Cybercriminals Target Brands in Credential Theft Attacks

The majority of malicious emails reported in user inboxes contained a link to a phishing site, making credential theft emails the attack method of choice for cybercriminals in Q4. Credential theft made up nearly 60% of all reported incidents, with more than half of the volume attributed to O365 attacks. Despite the threat actor preference toward this threat type, credential theft attacks declined...
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Phishing-as-a-Service Profile: LabHost Threat Actor Group

Fortra is monitoring malicious activity targeting Canadian banks conducted by Phishing-as-a-Service group LabHost. Throughout 2022 and 2023, Fortra has observed phishing attacks connected with Phishing-as-a-Service (PhaaS) groups grow as threat actors use the tools provided through membership services to launch a variety of campaigns. The providers of these platforms boast features such as access...
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How Threat Actors will Leverage Domain Impersonation in 2024

Historically, the average brand is targeted by 40 look-alike domains per month. Look-alikes are a strategic component of malicious lures and websites and used in a variety of spaces including social platforms, text messages, the open web, and email. An attack that incorporates a look-alike domain can mean the difference between a convincing campaign and a suspicious one, with a versatility that...
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Executive Attacks on Social Media Hit All-Time High as Analysts Point to AI

Executive impersonation on social media is at an all-time high as threat actors take advantage of AI to improve and scale their attacks. In Q3, accounts pretending to belong to high-ranking executives on social media climbed to more than 54% of total impersonation volume, surpassing brand attacks for the first time since Fortra began tracking this data. The volume and composition of these attacks...
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Cybercriminal Focus in the New Year – Top 2024 Threat Trends

Criminals are constantly innovating ways to enhance deliverability and increase the success of their campaigns. Email phishing remains one of the most significant threats to organizations, but a growing number of campaigns are first touching victims via non-traditional lures or through engagement on platforms where users are more susceptible to scams. Understanding how online threats are evolving...
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Getting the Board on Board: Explaining Cybersecurity ROI

In this Tripwire guest blog, we break down how to best communicate the significance of a cybersecurity investment. Despite increasing data breaches, ransomware attacks, and assorted cyber threats, convincing the Board of Directors to invest in robust cybersecurity isn't always easy for many businesses. The challenge originates mainly from the need to demonstrate a quantifiable Return On...
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VM Blog: Braving the Digital Risk & Email Security Landscape

How will the digital risk and email security landscape evolve in 2024? In this VM Blog article, Eric George discusses the industry’s future and shares his seven predictions for 2024. Originally published in VM Blog. Excerpt: “AI and ML will enhance capabilities on both sides of the cyber landscape – for good and bad. On the defensive side, those protecting the targets will use advanced data...
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The Email Security Gaps in Your Cloud

It’s not news that most enterprises operate in the cloud. Migration to the cloud leads to better collaboration, data storage, and lower costs compared to on-premises resources. Odds are your organization is currently enjoying the conveniences of the cloud. The cloud has reshaped the way organizations operate, but with the migration comes new obstacles in email security, and the cloud has its own...
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LastPass Fortra's PhishLabs Partnership: A Focus on Proactive Customer Protection Pays Off in 2023

As we approach the end of the year, LastPass Labs has reviewed the last 12 months to take account of the threat environment and how it has changed, as well as our accomplishments. Throughout 2023, the Threat Intelligence, Mitigation, and Escalations (TIME) team focused on rapidly expanding our capabilities to protect our customers from phishing sites and/or infostealers. A major part of this...
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Brand Threats Masterclass: Experts Reveal Top Attacks and Defense Tactics

There is little doubt that AI-fueled impersonation campaigns and novel attacks via non-traditional channels have emerged as a primary concern for security teams. Brand impersonation is on the rise, with nearly 40 look-alike domains targeting brands each month. On social media, impersonation attacks account for almost half of all threatening content. And online counterfeit campaigns are...
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Google and Yahoo Take Stance on Email Authentication

Google and Yahoo announced new email authentication requirements for those sending email to their users, with a rapid deadline of February 2024. At Fortra, we commend this push to require email authentication as a huge step in the ongoing fight against spoofing and abuse. But if the requirements are not in place by the deadline, certain emails may no longer be delivered. This could prove...
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How Organizations Can Use Dark Web Intelligence

The scope of intelligence on underground marketplaces is vast and navigating the dark web in search of brand mentions and potential threats can be time-consuming and complex. In order to proactively defend against attacks and mitigate the threat of leaked information, organizations should consistently monitor marketplaces and forums for data pertaining to their brand. If questionable data is...