Stealing Corporate Funds Still Top Goal of Messaging Attacks
Attackers continue to use many of the same phishing techniques as in the past, but, increasingly, the scams are much more targeted and, in some cases, have moved to mobile devices, according to two reports published today.
In its report, messaging-security firm Barracuda Networks found that 83% of targeted phishing attacks, also known as spear-phishing, appear as a message from an administrator at a popular service, asking for the user to log in. The scams use a variety of reasons, from claiming the account has been frozen to asking the user to review a document.
Overall, attackers are moving to spear-phishing attacks because they are relatively low volume and can be sent from popular e-mail services, making it less likely they will be blocked, says Asaf Cidon, vice president of content security at Barracuda.
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