Cofense Email Security

Phish Found in Proofpoint-Protected Environments Week ending February 5, 2021

100% of the phish seen by the Cofense Phishing Defense Center (PDC) have been found in environments protected by secure email gateways (SEGs), were reported by humans, and analyzed and dispositioned by Cofense Triage.  

Cofense solutions enable organizations to identify, analyze, and quarantine email threats in minutes.  

Are phishing emails evading your Proofpoint and other secure email gateways? The following are examples of phishing emails recently seen by the PDC in environments protected by SEGs. 

TYPE: Trojan 

DESCRIPTION:  Notification-themed email found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver Quasar RAT via Microsoft Office Macros downloaded from embedded URLs.

TYPE: Keylogger 

DESCRIPTION: DHL-spoofing email found in environments protected by Proofpoint and Microsoft ATP deliver the Agent Tesla keylogger via embedded links. The embedded links download a 7Z archive that contains an Agent Tesla executable. \

TYPE: Trojan  

DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed email found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver the NanoCore RAT via embedded URLs.

Malicious emails continue to reach user inboxes, increasing the risk of account compromise, data breach and ransomware attack. The same patterns and techniques are used week after week.  


Cofense recommends that organizations train their personnel to identify and report suspicious emails. Cofense PhishMe customers should use SEG Miss templates to raise awareness of these attacks. Organizations should also invest in Cofense Triage and Cofense Vision to quickly analyze and quarantine the phishing attacks that evade secure email gateways.  

Interested in seeing more? Search our Real Phishing Threats Database.

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