New Tactic Bypasses Existing Security Controls – Most Recent PayPal Phish Reveals Stealthy HTML AttachmentMay 25, 2016 by Heather McCalley in Phishing
Incident response is always a cat and mouse game. Organizations spend heavily on people and technology to help protect their enterprise, while threat actors continue to find new and unique ways to bypass those controls. We’ve seen this trend continue over time, whether it be with the shift to MHTML files by Locky or the delivery of malicious PowerPoint show files. The PhishMe intelligence team has noticed another change, this one by the actors who are phishing for login credentials, and their tactics reveal that they are actively working to bypass security controls.
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.
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.
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PhishMe’s Gary Warner Featured in Threat Intelligence Thought Leadership Interview on Recorded FutureMay 4, 2016 by Cofense in Cofense NewsThreat Intelligence
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.
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.
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.
Cybersecurity Experts, Former Federal Law Enforcement Professionals Say Cryptocurrency, Digital Data and Vulnerable Employees May Fuel Largest Crimewave in Modern History LEESBURG, Va. – March 31, 2016 – PhishMe Inc., the leading provider of human phishing defense solutions, today released its April Cybercrime Alert, warning all organizations that its threat researchers expect ransomware attacks to increase as cybercriminals become increasingly aware that: Ransomware is readily-available and changes faster than detection technologies can respond In most cases, paying the ransom is the only way to free hostage data and systems Recent successful ransom situations will only encourage more attempts Cryptocurrencies such...
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...
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.