Phishing Emails Found in Environments Protected by Secure Email Gateways (SEGs)

Every week we update this page with a selection of the latest threats our analysts discover in environments protected by Proofpoint and other SEGs. These threat feeds can inform your security teams and help protect your business from malware-bearing phish.

One hundred percent of the phish seen by the Cofense Phishing Defense Center (PDC) have been found in environments under SEG (secure email gateway) protection, were reported by users, and were analyzed and dispositioned by Cofense Triage.

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Are phishing emails evading your Proofpoint or other secure email gateway? The following are examples of phishing emails recently seen by the PDC in technology-protected environments.

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Tactic

Theme

Real Phishing Example: Quote-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver Async RAT and Revenge RAT via an embedded URL.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Async RAT, Revenge RAT

POSTED ON: 05/11/2021

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Quote

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Quote-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver Async RAT and Revenge RAT via an embedded URL.

Real Phishing Example: Bioclone Corp-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver Loki Bot via an embedded URL.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Loki Bot

POSTED ON: 05/10/2021

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Bioclone Corp-spoofing

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Bioclone Corp-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver Loki Bot via an embedded URL.

Real Phishing Example: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint delivers a Reconnaissance Tool via a downloaded PowerShell Script from an embedded URL.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Reconnaissance Tool

POSTED ON: 05/10/2021

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Finance

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint delivers a Reconnaissance Tool via a downloaded PowerShell Script from an embedded URL.

Real Phishing Example: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP, Symantec MessageLabs, Mimecast, and Proofpoint delivers STR RAT via embedded URLs. Victims are required to pass a bot check in order to download the malware.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: STR RAT

POSTED ON: 05/04/2021

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Finance

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Microsoft ATP, Symantec MessageLabs, Mimecast, and Proofpoint delivers STR RAT via embedded URLs. Victims are required to pass a bot check in order to download the malware.

Real Phishing Example: Order-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver Buer Loader via an Office macro laden spreadsheet. The spreadsheet is downloaded from an embedded URL.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Buer Loader

POSTED ON: 04/29/2021

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Order

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Order-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver Buer Loader via an Office macro laden spreadsheet. The spreadsheet is downloaded from an embedded URL.

Real Phishing Example: Closing Disclosure-themed emails spoofing First American Title were found in environments protected by Proofpoint, Cisco Ironport, and Microsoft ATP and deliver credential phishing via embedded links.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 04/28/2021

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Closing Disclosure

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Closing Disclosure-themed emails spoofing First American Title were found in environments protected by Proofpoint, Cisco Ironport, and Microsoft ATP and deliver credential phishing via embedded links.

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

Recommendations

Cofense recommends that organizations train personnel to identify and report suspicious emails and use advanced email protection tools. Cofense PhishMe customers should use SEG Miss templates to raise awareness of these attacks. Organizations should also fortify their cyber response playbook with Cofense Triage and Cofense Vision to quickly analyze and auto quarantine the phishing attacks that bypass technical controls.

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

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