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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 quarantined by Cofense Triage and Cofense Vision.  

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.  

TYPE: Credential Theft 

DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed phishing attack delivering an embedded link to a website designed to look like a webmail portal that attempts to steal email .

TYPE: Credential Theft 

DESCRIPTION: Invoice-themed phishing attack delivering a PDF which leads to a Microsoft SharePoint-hosted Excel spreadsheet, which then attempts to steal email credentials.

TYPE: Credential Theft 

DESCRIPTION: Coronavirus-theme phishing attack delivering a Dropbox link to a PDF that eventually leads to a website that attempts to steal email credentials.

TYPE: Credential Theft 

DESCRIPTION: Coronavirus-themed phishing attack spoof the IRS delivering an embedded link that leads to a website designed to steal Adobe login credentials.

TYPE: Credential Theft 

DESCRIPTION: Coronavirus-theme phishing attack delivering a Dropbox link to a PDF that eventually leads to a Google Docs-hosted page that attempts to steal email credentials.

TYPE: Credential Theft 

DESCRIPTION: Coronavirus-themed phishing attack delivering a .HTM attachment which leads to a website designed to steal Microsoft email credentials.

TYPE: Credential Theft

DESCRIPTION: Security warning-themed phishing attack delivering an embedded link spoofing Twitter that leads to a website designed to steal credentials.

TYPE: Credential Theft 

DESCRIPTION: Coronavirus-themed phishing attack spoofing a public health agency and delivering an embedded link that leads to a website designed to steal credentials.

TYPE: Credential Theft

DESCRIPTION: Coronavirus-themed phishing attack spoofing a bank and delivering an embedded link designed to look like a shared document but attempts to steal credentials.

TYPE: Credential Theft 

DESCRIPTION: Document-themed phishing attack delivering a link designed to look like a Microsoft SharePoint-hosted document but leads to a page that attempts to steal Microsoft credentials.

TYPE: Credential Theft

DESCRIPTION: Notification-themed email that spoofs Microsoft Outlook delivering an embedded link that leads to a website designed to steal Microsoft credentials.

TYPE: Credential Theft 

DESCRIPTION: Document-themed phishing campaign spoofing a construction design and build organization delivering embedded Microsoft OneNote links that lead to a website crafted to steal email credentials.

Malicious emails continue to reach user inboxes, increasing the risk of account compromise, data breach, and ransomware attack.

Recommendations

Cofense recommends that organizations invest in phishing awareness training and provide a tool to report phishing 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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