It sits there in your inbox daring you to click on it. It appears to be an important message from the folks at Microsoft’s Office 365 email security team. Either your mailbox storage is full, there is an important security notice you need to read, or your mailbox is about to be deleted and you need to act to prevent it from happening. It looks legitimate, but it is just a phishing attempt to try to get your login credentials or launch some malware.
Microsoft, makers of Office 365, reports they see more than 5 billion threats detected on devices every month. That represents more than 100 million unique phishing emails targeting Office 365 users annually. There is no reason to believe that will end anytime soon.
Bukar is part of the INKY team that reviews the emails that users send through the “Report This Email’ link found in the INKY Phish Fence banner. We talked to him about phishing trends and user feedback.
How many boxes are piling up at your front door? I will confess I now have three Alexa’s and have accidentally setup a subscription for AA batteries. If you ever need batteries, I’m your man. With the North Pole’s recent Reindeer weight, and carriage regulations Santa is now required to send 90% of his Christmas deliveries from Amazon directly.
According to statista.com IT Security spending in 2018 in the United States alone will reach $66B - an incredible number.
I am a Certified Information Systems Auditor. I’m Certified in Risk and Information Security Controls, I’ve been working in the IT Governance and Compliance space for the better part of 20 years, have taken organizations through ISO27001 and SSAE 16 certifications, yet without INKY’s Phish Fence would have struggled to recognize today’s “Catch of the Day”.
Email phishing is the top security threat to your organization. As the entry point for most security breaches, cyber-criminals are launching malware and ransomware, committing wire fraud, and identity theft. According to the FBI, phishing-based email accounted for more than $12 billion in fraud in just the last five years.
9 out of 10 successful cyber-attacks start with some kind of email phishing attack. It’s big business for criminals and it’s expected to be an even bigger threat to the enterprise in 2019. Cyber criminals are increasingly sophisticated in their attacks methods and traditional software solutions are not adequate protection. In a recently released report from the FBI, they note an increase of 136% in less than 18 months and attacks in all 50 US states and 150 countries around the world.
It is said that that the only things in life that are guaranteed are death and taxes, and with the end of year hurtling towards us, tax season is underway. I can barely remember when my birthday is, but April 15th is a date that never slips any of our minds. The phishing attack we’re sharing today is a clever attempt at domain spoofing, and plays off the victim’s anxieties by amping up the fear that their TurboTax account has been compromised.
Imagine scanning your inbox and seeing a “Thanksgiving Greetings” email from your boss. How sweet! What a nice break between everyday messages to read a short email wishing you Thanksgiving Greetings. The email has an attachment called “Greeting Card 2018.” Maybe this card has a picture of the new