Phishing Database: Real Email Phishing Attack Examples & Threats

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

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 11/23/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Finance

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

Real Phishing Example: Notification-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP deliver Credential Phishing embedded in attached HTML files.

ENVIRONMENTS: Microsoft Defender for O365

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 11/22/2022

TACTIC: HTML

THEME: Notification

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Notification-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP deliver Credential Phishing embedded in attached HTML files.

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

ENVIRONMENTS: Microsoft Defender for O365

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 11/22/2022

TACTIC: HTML

THEME: Benefits

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

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

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 11/22/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Finance

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

Real Phishing Example: Response-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver Office macro laden spreadsheets which download Emotet.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Emotet/Geodo

POSTED ON: 11/22/2022

TACTIC: ZIP Attachment

THEME: Response

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Response-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver Office macro laden spreadsheets which download Emotet.

Real Phishing Example: Response-themed emails found in environments protected by Mimecast deliver Office macro laden spreadsheets which download Emotet.

ENVIRONMENTS: Mimecast

TYPE: Emotet/Geodo

POSTED ON: 11/22/2022

TACTIC: ZIP Attachment

THEME: Response

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Response-themed emails found in environments protected by Mimecast deliver Office macro laden spreadsheets which download Emotet.

Real Phishing Example: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Cisco Ironport deliver Agent Tesla Keylogger via a DotNETLoader. Agent Tesla Keylogger is run in memory.

ENVIRONMENTS: Cisco Ironport

TYPE: Agent Tesla Keylogger

POSTED ON: 11/18/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Finance

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Cisco Ironport deliver Agent Tesla Keylogger via a DotNETLoader. Agent Tesla Keylogger is run in memory.

Real Phishing Example: Voicemail-themed emails found in environments protected by Cisco Ironport, Microsoft ATP, and Symantec MessageLabs deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded URL.

ENVIRONMENTS: Cisco Ironport

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 11/17/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Voicemail

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Voicemail-themed emails found in environments protected by Cisco Ironport, Microsoft ATP, and Symantec MessageLabs deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded URL.

Real Phishing Example: Voicemail-themed emails found in environments protected by Cisco Ironport, Microsoft ATP, and Symantec MessageLabs deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded URL.

ENVIRONMENTS: Microsoft Defender for O365

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 11/17/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Voicemail

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Voicemail-themed emails found in environments protected by Cisco Ironport, Microsoft ATP, and Symantec MessageLabs deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded URL.

Real Phishing Example: Voicemail-themed emails found in environments protected by Cisco Ironport, Microsoft ATP, and Symantec MessageLabs deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded URL.

ENVIRONMENTS: Symantec MessageLabs

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 11/17/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Voicemail

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Voicemail-themed emails found in environments protected by Cisco Ironport, Microsoft ATP, and Symantec MessageLabs deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded URL.

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

ENVIRONMENTS: Symantec MessageLabs

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 11/16/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Finance

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

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

ENVIRONMENTS: Cisco Ironport

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 11/16/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Finance

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

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

ENVIRONMENTS: Microsoft Defender for O365

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 11/16/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Finance

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

Real Phishing Example: UK Companies House-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Cisco Ironport and Microsoft ATP deliver Raccoon Stealer via links embedded in an attached HTML file and in the email.

ENVIRONMENTS: Cisco Ironport

TYPE: Raccoon Stealer

POSTED ON: 11/15/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: UK Companies House-spoofing emails

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: UK Companies House-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Cisco Ironport and Microsoft ATP deliver Raccoon Stealer via links embedded in an attached HTML file and in the email.

Real Phishing Example: UK Companies House-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Cisco Ironport and Microsoft ATP deliver Raccoon Stealer via links embedded in an attached HTML file and in the email.

ENVIRONMENTS: Microsoft Defender for O365

TYPE: Raccoon Stealer

POSTED ON: 11/15/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: UK Companies House-spoofing emails

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: UK Companies House-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Cisco Ironport and Microsoft ATP deliver Raccoon Stealer via links embedded in an attached HTML file and in the email.

Real Phishing Example: Fax-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP deliver Credential Phishing via an attached HTML file.

ENVIRONMENTS: Microsoft Defender for O365

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 11/14/2022

TACTIC: HTML Attachment

THEME: Fax-themed

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Fax-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP deliver Credential Phishing via an attached HTML file.

Real Phishing Example: Fax-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint, Microsoft ATP, and Symantec MessageLabs deliver Credential Phishing via an attached HTML file.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 11/11/2022

TACTIC: HTML Attachment

THEME: Fax-themed

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Fax-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint, Microsoft ATP, and Symantec MessageLabs deliver Credential Phishing via an attached HTML file.

Real Phishing Example: Fax-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint, Microsoft ATP, and Symantec MessageLabs deliver Credential Phishing via an attached HTML file.

ENVIRONMENTS: Microsoft Defender for O365

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 11/11/2022

TACTIC: HTML Attachment

THEME: Fax-themed

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Fax-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint, Microsoft ATP, and Symantec MessageLabs deliver Credential Phishing via an attached HTML file.

Real Phishing Example: Fax-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint, Microsoft ATP, and Symantec MessageLabs deliver Credential Phishing via an attached HTML file.

ENVIRONMENTS: Symantec MessageLabs

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 11/11/2022

TACTIC: HTML Attachment

THEME: Fax-themed

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Fax-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint, Microsoft ATP, and Symantec MessageLabs deliver Credential Phishing via an attached HTML file.

Real Phishing Example: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver NetSupport Manager RAT via an attached HTML file. The HTML file delivers an LNK Downloader which downloads and runs NetSupport Manager RAT.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: NetSupport RAT

POSTED ON: 11/10/2022

TACTIC: HTML Attachment

THEME: Finance

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver NetSupport Manager RAT via an attached HTML file. The HTML file delivers an LNK Downloader which downloads and runs NetSupport Manager RAT.

Real Phishing Example: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Proofpoint deliver Credential Phishing via an HTML attachment.

ENVIRONMENTS: Microsoft Defender for O365

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 11/09/2022

TACTIC: HTML Attachment

THEME: Finance

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Proofpoint deliver Credential Phishing via an HTML attachment.

Real Phishing Example: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Proofpoint deliver Credential Phishing via an HTML attachment.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 11/09/2022

TACTIC: HTML Attachment

THEME: Finance

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP and Proofpoint deliver Credential Phishing via an HTML attachment.

Real Phishing Example: Notification-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded URL.

ENVIRONMENTS: Microsoft Defender for O365

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 11/09/2022

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Notification

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Notification-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded URL.

Real Phishing Example: Voicemail-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint and Microsoft ATP deliver Credential Phishing via an HTML attachment.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 11/08/2022

TACTIC: HTML Attachment

THEME: Voicemail

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Voicemail-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint and Microsoft ATP deliver Credential Phishing via an HTML attachment.

Real Phishing Example: Voicemail-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint and Microsoft ATP deliver Credential Phishing via an HTML attachment.

ENVIRONMENTS: Microsoft Defender for O365

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 11/08/2022

TACTIC: HTML Attachment

THEME: Voicemail

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Voicemail-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint and Microsoft ATP deliver Credential Phishing via an HTML attachment.

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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