The past does not define our future, but it often predicts it. That’s why INKY is the perpetual student. She is in a constant cycle of learning, becoming more powerful with every email she reads and every phish she catches. 2018 was a banner year for INKY literally and figuratively. Our phish fence solution caught tens of thousands of phishing attempts, in some cases hours before they had been flagged by the phishing aggregators. We’ve filleted a few of our favorite 2018 phish for you because as sure as the ocean is blue the attacks of 2018 will return in 2019 repackaged, repurposed, and more conniving than ever. INKY is ready. Are you?
Product placement in the movies and on TV has been with us from the early days. It used to be extremely overt and in your face. Much like phishing attacks, product placement has grown more covert. It’s still exists but is subtler by implanting itself in our subconscious and is cleverly woven into story lines and subplots without us knowing it’s there. Our subconscious is exactly where cyber criminals often set their phishing trap.
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
When you hear an anecdotal story of a distant acquaintance being snagged by a Phishing attempt it often conjures a questioning of their smarts, but friends there is little about today’s catch that even the most phishing aware would immediately spot, further as we’ll show below, Phish Fence caught this beauty long before anyone else even noticed.
I’ve been around technology in the professional sense for about 20 years. As a wee nipper I wrote my first program on my tape drive Amstrad CPC464 in 1987. I made a stick figure run across the screen, he would only ever get halfway though, a bit like me on a jog, but I digress.
I can’t resist writing this blog!! Today’s Catch of the Day falls under one of the many tactics that cyber criminals utilize to bait users into taking action.
The United States Postal Service, they drive on the right, and as the saying goes; neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. I must be honest, things do breakdown a bit when it snows. That said, of all our much-maligned public services is there any group of people we trust more than the United States Postal Service? When was the last time you lost a letter or had a package compromised? It’s with that backdrop of trust that today’s catch of day arrives…
Inky Phish Fence works 365/24/7. It never sleeps and never stops, it learns in perpetuity and today’s Catch of the Day is a testament to its robustness... Read on:
What is Phishing?
Phishing is an all too common cyber attack using deceptive emails, malware, and websites to gather personal information. Hackers use this tactic to gain access to business systems, con someone into clicking on a link that downloads malware, or trick someone into acting.