Since this April, Cofense Intelligence™ has observed a sustained increase in the financially motivated targeting of United Kingdom-based users with phishing lures imitating brands like Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), Lloyds Bank, and HSBC Bank. The most common final payloads delivered by these campaigns are designed to compromise victims’ financial accounts and provide illicit access to financial information. This surge in targeting almost certainly represents a stage in the “whack-a-mole” strategy long employed by threat actors: expand campaigns against a segment of the vast vulnerable attack surface until those users catch on to the threat, then move to the next target.
Download the Q1 2021 Phishing Review
The Cofense IntelligenceTM team analyzes millions of emails and malware samples to understand the phishing landscape. Q1 2021 was marked by a few notable changes and innovations in an otherwise-steady phishing threat landscape.