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Real Phishing Example: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint, Microsoft ATP, and Mimecast deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded link.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 06/22/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Finance

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint, Microsoft ATP, and Mimecast deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded link.

Real Phishing Example: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint, Microsoft ATP, and Mimecast deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded link.

ENVIRONMENTS: Microsoft Defender for O365

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 06/22/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Finance

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint, Microsoft ATP, and Mimecast deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded link.

Real Phishing Example: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint, Microsoft ATP, and Mimecast deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded link.

ENVIRONMENTS: Mimecast

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 06/22/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Finance

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint, Microsoft ATP, and Mimecast deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded link.

Real Phishing Example: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Mimecast deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded link.

ENVIRONMENTS: Microsoft Defender for O365

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 06/21/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Finance

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Mimecast deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded link.

Real Phishing Example: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Mimecast deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded link.

ENVIRONMENTS: Mimecast

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 06/21/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Finance

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Mimecast deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded link.

Real Phishing Example: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Symantec MessageLabs deliver DBatLoader via an embedded URL.

ENVIRONMENTS: Microsoft Defender for O365

TYPE: DBatLoader

POSTED ON: 06/20/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Finance

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Symantec MessageLabs deliver DBatLoader via an embedded URL.

Real Phishing Example: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Symantec MessageLabs deliver DBatLoader via an embedded URL.

ENVIRONMENTS: Symantec MessageLabs

TYPE: DBatLoader

POSTED ON: 06/20/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Finance

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Symantec MessageLabs deliver DBatLoader via an embedded URL.

Real Phishing Example: MasterCard-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint delivers a ZIP archive that contains JSOutProx RAT through an embedded link.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: JSOutProx RAT

POSTED ON: 06/17/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: MasterCard-spoofing emails

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: MasterCard-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint delivers a ZIP archive that contains JSOutProx RAT through an embedded link.

Real Phishing Example: Mimecast-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Mimecast and Microsoft ATP deliver credential phishing via an embedded URL.

ENVIRONMENTS: Microsoft Defender for O365

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 06/16/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Mimecast-Spoofing

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Mimecast-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Mimecast and Microsoft ATP deliver credential phishing via an embedded URL.

Real Phishing Example: AlignLife-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint and Microsoft ATP deliver Amadey via an LNK Downloader downloaded from an embedded link. The LNK Downloader downloads and runs an HTA file, which downloads and runs Amadey.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Amadey

POSTED ON: 06/16/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: AlignLife-Spoofing

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: AlignLife-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint and Microsoft ATP deliver Amadey via an LNK Downloader downloaded from an embedded link. The LNK Downloader downloads and runs an HTA file, which downloads and runs Amadey.

Real Phishing Example: Mimecast-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Mimecast and Microsoft ATP deliver credential phishing via an embedded URL.

ENVIRONMENTS: Mimecast

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 06/16/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Mimecast-Spoofing

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Mimecast-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Mimecast and Microsoft ATP deliver credential phishing via an embedded URL.

Real Phishing Example: AlignLife-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint and Microsoft ATP deliver Amadey via an LNK Downloader downloaded from an embedded link. The LNK Downloader downloads and runs an HTA file, which downloads and runs Amadey.

ENVIRONMENTS: Microsoft Defender for O365

TYPE: Amadey

POSTED ON: 06/16/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: AlignLife-Spoofing

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: AlignLife-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint and Microsoft ATP deliver Amadey via an LNK Downloader downloaded from an embedded link. The LNK Downloader downloads and runs an HTA file, which downloads and runs Amadey.

Real Phishing Example: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Cisco Ironport deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded link.

ENVIRONMENTS: Microsoft Defender for O365

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 06/14/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Finance

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Cisco Ironport deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded link.

Real Phishing Example: Response-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver Iced-ID via an embedded URL.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Iced-ID

POSTED ON: 06/14/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Response

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Response-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver Iced-ID via an embedded URL.

Real Phishing Example: Docusign-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver credential phishing embedded in an attached HTML file.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 06/14/2022

TACTIC: HTML Attachment

THEME: Docusign-Spoofing

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Docusign-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver credential phishing embedded in an attached HTML file.

Real Phishing Example: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Cisco Ironport deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded link.

ENVIRONMENTS: Cisco Ironport

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 06/14/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Finance

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Cisco Ironport deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded link.

Real Phishing Example: Notification-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver credential phishing embedded in an attached HTML file.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 06/13/2022

TACTIC: HTML Attachment

THEME: Notification

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Notification-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver credential phishing embedded in an attached HTML file.

Real Phishing Example: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP, Cisco Ironport, Mimecast, and Proofpoint credential phishing embedded in an attached HTML file.

ENVIRONMENTS: Mimecast

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 06/10/2022

TACTIC: HTML Attachment

THEME: Finance

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP, Cisco Ironport, Mimecast, and Proofpoint credential phishing embedded in an attached HTML file.

Real Phishing Example: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP, Cisco Ironport, Mimecast, and Proofpoint credential phishing embedded in an attached HTML file.

ENVIRONMENTS: Cisco Ironport

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 06/10/2022

TACTIC: HTML Attachment

THEME: Finance

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP, Cisco Ironport, Mimecast, and Proofpoint credential phishing embedded in an attached HTML file.

Real Phishing Example: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP, Cisco Ironport, Mimecast, and Proofpoint credential phishing embedded in an attached HTML file.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 06/10/2022

TACTIC: HTML Attachment

THEME: Finance

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP, Cisco Ironport, Mimecast, and Proofpoint credential phishing embedded in an attached HTML file.

Real Phishing Example: Customer Management Resourcing Group-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Symantec MessageLabs deliver a DotNETLoader via an embedded URL. The DotNETLoader delivers a Browser Password Dump Utility and a decoy document.

ENVIRONMENTS: Cisco Ironport

TYPE: Browser Password Dump Utility

POSTED ON: 06/09/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Customer Management Resourcing Group-Spoofing

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Customer Management Resourcing Group-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Symantec MessageLabs deliver a DotNETLoader via an embedded URL. The DotNETLoader delivers a Browser Password Dump Utility and a decoy document.

Real Phishing Example: Document-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Cisco Ironport deliver credential phishing via links embedded in attached HTML files.

ENVIRONMENTS: Microsoft Defender for O365

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 06/09/2022

TACTIC: HTML Attachment

THEME: Document

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Document-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Cisco Ironport deliver credential phishing via links embedded in attached HTML files.

Real Phishing Example: Customer Management Resourcing Group-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Symantec MessageLabs deliver a DotNETLoader via an embedded URL. The DotNETLoader delivers a Browser Password Dump Utility and a decoy document.

ENVIRONMENTS: Symantec MessageLabs

TYPE: Browser Password Dump Utility

POSTED ON: 06/09/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Customer Management Resourcing Group-Spoofing

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Customer Management Resourcing Group-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Symantec MessageLabs deliver a DotNETLoader via an embedded URL. The DotNETLoader delivers a Browser Password Dump Utility and a decoy document.

Real Phishing Example: Document-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Cisco Ironport deliver credential phishing via links embedded in attached HTML files.

ENVIRONMENTS: Cisco Ironport

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 06/09/2022

TACTIC: HTML Attachment

THEME: Document

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Document-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Cisco Ironport deliver credential phishing via links embedded in attached HTML files.

Real Phishing Example: Document-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Cisco Ironport deliver credential phishing via links embedded in attached HTML files.

ENVIRONMENTS: Microsoft Defender for O365

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 06/09/2022

TACTIC: HTML Attachment

THEME: Document

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Document-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Cisco Ironport deliver credential phishing via links embedded in attached HTML files.

A phishing attack is when a fraudster sends an email to trick the recipient. The idea is to persuade the target into giving up sensitive information, for instance, your corporate network credentials, or perhaps to authorize some type of financial transaction. The vast majority of data breaches against businesses today begin as phishing attacks.

Just a couple of famous phishing examples:

The infamous Target breach back in 2013 started with a phishing email that gave attackers a foothold in Target’s business systems for further attacks.
Phishing appeared prominently in the Mueller Report on the 2016 presidential election hacking.

Some quick phishing statistics:

Over 55% organizations experienced a successful phish last year.
$12 billion is the 5-year global cost of just one type of phishing attack, business email compromise (BEC).
The average phishing attack costs a mid-sized business $3.86 million.

Our database has thousands of phishing examples, but most fit into one of these 3 categories:

Phishing Emails with Malicious Links: Sometimes a phishing attack is simply an email with an embedded link. When you click, you either unknowingly activate malware or are directed to a webpage that looks perfectly legitimate but is designed to harvest your information.

Phishing Attacks with Malicious Attachments: Phishing attackers often send emails with attachments containing malware. When you click, look out. Many times phishing attackers use popular document types such as Microsoft Word or Excel or even Adobe PDFs. They take advantage of the trust people place in popular business tools.

Business Email Compromise (BEC): BEC emails, also known as CEO Fraud, typically don’t use malware but simply try to manipulate the target into sending money. Traditionally, BEC phishing attacks try to get employees in the finance department to authorize wire transfers, for instance, to a “vendor” or “partner.” This kind of attack often uses ‘CEO fraud phishing’ where attackers pretend to be the CEO or CFO to spur quick action.

Phishing attack examples of real phish provide highly useful intelligence that helps security teams better pinpoint attacker methods and tactics. They help protect businesses from malware-bearing phish. Because attacker campaigns change quickly, real-world phishing examples are a central component of comprehensive security. Phishing attack examples reveal the latest threat actor maneuvers as they are being launched.

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