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.

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. Get real-world ransomware attack email examples here and learn how to protect yourself.

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Real Phishing Example: Sparkasse-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver credential phishing via a URL from an embedded QR code image.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 10/13/2021

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Sparkasse-spoofing emails

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Sparkasse-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver credential phishing via a URL from an embedded QR code image.

Real Phishing Example: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Symantec MessageLabs and Proofpoint deliver Ave_Maria Stealer via a DotNET Loader. The DotNET Loader is downloaded from an embedded URL. Ave_Maria Stealer is run in memory.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Ave_Maria Stealer

POSTED ON: 10/11/2021

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Finance

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Finance-themed emails found in environments protected by Symantec MessageLabs and Proofpoint deliver Ave_Maria Stealer via a DotNET Loader. The DotNET Loader is downloaded from an embedded URL. Ave_Maria Stealer is run in memory.

Real Phishing Example: HSBC-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver FormGrabber via an embedded URL.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: FormGrabber

POSTED ON: 10/07/2021

TACTIC: Link

THEME: HSBC-spoofing emails

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: HSBC-spoofing emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint deliver FormGrabber via an embedded URL.

Real Phishing Example: Notification-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint and Symantec MessageLabs delivers FormGrabber via a CVE-2017-11882 downloaded from an embedded link.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: FormGrabber

POSTED ON: 10/01/2021

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Notification

PHISHING EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Notification-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint and Symantec MessageLabs delivers FormGrabber via a CVE-2017-11882 downloaded from an embedded link.

Real Phishing Example: Notification-themed emails found in environments protected by Proofpoint, Mimecast, and Symantec MessageLabs deliver Credential Phishing via an embedded link.

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 09/29/2021

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Notification

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

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

ENVIRONMENTS: Proofpoint

TYPE: Credential Phishing

POSTED ON: 09/29/2021

TACTIC: Link

THEME: Notification

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

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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