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Phishing Emails: All I Wanted Was for 2020 to End

January 4, 2021 by Cofense in Phishing

By Dylan Duncan 2020 was far from ordinary.   And at the end, we learned one thing for sure: threat actors’ abilities to quickly adjust their methods to world events are pretty uncanny. Like the rest of us, they must be news junkies, too.   Every year, we see threat actors improve their methods and adapt to world events, bringing new trends to the phishing threat landscape. Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic in particular brought an unprecedented amount of disruption and financial hardship, directly leading to an increase in both volume and variety of threat activity. Threat actors continued to advance their tactics, techniques and procedures to ensure their emails would reach...

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Emotet is Back for the Holidays with Updated Tactics

December 22, 2020 by Cofense in Phishing

By Brad Haas After a lull of nearly two months, the Emotet botnet has returned with updated payloads. The changes are likely meant to help Emotet avoid detection both by victims and network defenders. Apart from these updates, the campaigns’ targeting, tactics and secondary payloads remain consistent with previous active periods. Cofense Intelligence™ released a flash alert on the newest Emotet activity to customers with details about its new features.  Emotet Background and 2020 Activity  The Emotet botnet is one of the most prolific senders of malicious emails when it is active, but it regularly goes dormant for weeks or months at a time. This year, one such hiatus lasted from February through...

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Phishing Emails: All I Wanted Was for 2020 to End

January 4, 2021 by Cofense in Phishing

By Dylan Duncan 2020 was far from ordinary.   And at the end, we learned one thing for sure: threat actors’ abilities to quickly adjust their methods to world events are pretty uncanny. Like the rest of us, they must be news junkies, too.   Every year, we see threat actors improve their methods and adapt to world events, bringing new trends to the phishing threat landscape. Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic in particular brought an unprecedented amount of disruption and financial hardship, directly leading to an increase in both volume and variety of threat activity. Threat actors continued to advance their tactics, techniques and procedures to ensure their emails would reach...

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Emotet is Back for the Holidays with Updated Tactics

December 22, 2020 by Cofense in Phishing

By Brad Haas After a lull of nearly two months, the Emotet botnet has returned with updated payloads. The changes are likely meant to help Emotet avoid detection both by victims and network defenders. Apart from these updates, the campaigns’ targeting, tactics and secondary payloads remain consistent with previous active periods. Cofense Intelligence™ released a flash alert on the newest Emotet activity to customers with details about its new features.  Emotet Background and 2020 Activity  The Emotet botnet is one of the most prolific senders of malicious emails when it is active, but it regularly goes dormant for weeks or months at a time. This year, one such hiatus lasted from February through...

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Want to simulate a holiday phish? This one’s from your friends at Emotet.

December 23, 2019 by Cofense in PhishingCofense Solutions

By Tonia Dudley Tis the season when organizations are looking to send out the year’s last phishing simulation. Often the Security Awareness team lands on a holiday theme – holiday party, holiday raffle, or even the fun ugly sweater lure. In the past, when I worked with teams to advance their phishing defense programs, I would recommend staying away from holiday themed scenarios. I’ll explain why in a moment. But my opinion has changed, thanks to the threat actors behind Emotet.

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