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Microsoft is the most frequently impersonated brand in phishing scams

With hundreds of millions of phishing emails sent each day, we are all familiar with dodgy messages supposedly from a service we use telling us that we need to urgently address some “suspicious activity”.  In fact, we probably receive more phony security alerts than real ones. It’s getting to the point where many of us see an email from our most trusted brands and assume that it’s a scam.  This is … [Read more...]

Kaspersky records 130 million phishing attacks in Q2 2019

Kaspersky Lab’s latest report on phishing found that attacks have jumped 16% in the second quarter of 2019, compared to the same quarter in 2018.   Cyber criminals are continuing to take advantage of the trust between individuals and companies by using fake registration, subscription and feedback forms to get victims to reveal their personal details.   Looking at the stats Kaspersky … [Read more...]

Latest phishing attack targets Amazon Seller accounts

Criminal hackers are pushing boat out with the latest phishing scam targeting unsuspecting German victims.  The email scam sends recipients what appears to be a tax invoice from Amazon, instructing the recipient to enter their Amazon Seller account login details to access it.    Image of translated phishing email via Bleeping computer   However, the login … [Read more...]

Microsoft OneNote audio note phishing scam

Phishing is a constant threat for organisations and individuals alike. The scam, which involves sending emails that masquerade as legitimate organisations to fraudulently obtain sensitive information, targets hundreds of millions of organisations and people daily.   Microsoft OneNote users are the latest target of a phishing scam. An email entitled “New Audio Note Received” is purportedly sent … [Read more...]

The 5 most common types of phishing attack

Phishing is one of the most frustrating threats we face. Most of know what it is and how it works, but we still get caught out.  The scam, which involves criminals sending messages that masquerade as legitimate organisations, targets hundreds of millions of organisations every day. The messages direct recipients to a bogus website that captures their personal information or contain a malicious … [Read more...]

Social engineering is becoming cyber criminals’ weapon of choice

The cyber security industry has traditionally focused on technological weaknesses, but according to the 2019 Trustwave Global Security Report, the majority of breaches begin with social engineering.    What is social engineering?  Social engineering is a method of psychological manipulation in which a trickster persuades someone to perform certain actions or divulge sensitive … [Read more...]

5 ways to spot phishing scams

Phishing is one of the most common tactics cyber criminals use to steal people’s data and infect their devices with malware. It uses deceptive emails and websites to trick victims into clicking malicious links, downloading attachments or sending sensitive information.   Phishing emails can impersonate well-known brands or even people you know, such as colleagues. The goal is to trick the recipient … [Read more...]

5 things you should do to improve your organisation’s staff awareness

Organisations and employees often think of staff awareness training as a hassle. Work grinds to a halt as you’re hauled off to a meeting room and lectured about stuff that probably doesn’t even affect you.  Except that it does. Human error was the primary cause of 46% of data breaches last year, according to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations … [Read more...]

Teamwork is key to your organisation’s cyber security

The World Cup is almost over. What was a thoroughly enjoyable tournament included a number of unexpected results and upsets. Many people were shocked to see Germany crash out at the group stages, and very few predicted that Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar would be watching the semi-finals rather than playing in them. These footballing greats were beaten by sides in which everyone knew their roles and … [Read more...]

61% of data breaches hit SMEs

Most data breaches you read about focus on big organisations, but a new report claims that the majority of incidents occur at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The latest European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) Threat Landscape Report found that 61% of breaches affected organisations with fewer than 1,000 employees. The sectors most likely to be targeted … [Read more...]