Phish Found in Proofpoint-Protected Environments – Week Ending July 5, 2020

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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 automatically 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 Secure Email Gateway? The following are examples of phishing emails seen by the PDC in environments protected by Proofpoint. The majority of this week’s examples are Credential Theft, an attack type we’ve been watching grow for some time. While not a panacea, many companies are rolling out MFA solutions to reduce the risk from compromised accounts.TYPE: Credential Theft

DESCRIPTION: This notification-themed phish spoofs a European provider of credit and payment cards to trick victims into turning over their credentials.TYPE: Credential Theft

DESCRIPTION: This notification-themed email delivers a .htm file pretending to be a short voice message. Instead, it spoofs Microsoft URLs with the intent to harvest login credentials.
TYPE: Malware – Mass Logger

DESCRIPTION: This finance-themed attack delivers OneDrive URLs to the unsuspecting victim, leading them to download the Mass Logger malware. This malware was recently analyzed by Cofense and noted for its capabilities as well as its frequent update cycle.
TYPE: Credential Theft

DESCRIPTION: Here’s a finance-themed phishing attack that delivers attached .html files. These files spoof a well-known brand to capture corporate credentials.
TYPE: Credential Theft

DESCRIPTION: They say sharing is caring, but not when it’s a phishing attack masquerading as a Coronavirus document. This attack uses SharePoint URLs to host credential-stealing pages. Cofense has been tracking COVID-19 scams since the beginning.
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 these 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.

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