Imitation is the most sincere form of... deception.
Ransomware gangs are shifting tactics and disguising phishing emails to look as if they are coming from legitimate service providers and retailers.
An essential part of any cybercrime gang’s hustle is innovation. Bad actors are always looking for fresh ways to get employees to click on and interact with their messages, and one clever ruse that they’ve been able to slip under the radar of many people is phishing attacks imitating famous brands.
Many of these attacks are disguised as routine communications from third-party service providers and retailers. They’ve had great success with some ploys by crafting phishing emails that imitate government agencies, legitimate charities, charitable programs and more, including the World Health Organization, a popular trick for circulating ransomware-laden COVID-19 maps.
Phishing threats like ransomware aren’t slowing down. If anything, cybercriminals are growing bolder and more creative in their attacks. Let us help you make sure that you’ve got all the right defenses in place to protect your business from dangers like phishing attacks imitating famous brands.
Contact a security specialist at TechNoir Solutions today for an assessment of your security needs and help to get strong defenses in place.
60% of Companies Fail, Following a Cyberattack
In a challenging economy, every business is looking for ways to save money and retrench. However, cybersecurity budget cuts can translate into weakened defenses that open your business up to cyberattacks.
That’s not a good idea when 60 percent of companies go out of business within six months of experiencing a cyberattack.
Companies that do survive the initial attack will still be paying for remediation, damage and lost business for years while wrestling with the ongoing reputation damage. After paying for immediate investigation, mitigation and repair, the bills from a cyberattack don’t stop coming.
Around 61 percent of the cost of a data breach is paid in the first year after impact, an estimated 24 percent comes due in the next 12 to 24 months, and the bills for the final 15 percent can arrive more than two years later.
Former director of the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, Chris Krebs, responding to a tweet from White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.
The Chinese hacking group, thought to be responsible, has seized control over “hundreds of thousands” of Microsoft Exchange Servers worldwide, at least 30,000 in America, with each victim system representing approximately one organization that uses Exchange to process email.
“The best protection is to apply updates as soon as possible across all impacted systems,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a written statement. “We continue to help customers by providing additional investigation and mitigation guidance. Impacted customers should contact our support teams for additional help and resources.”
An adversary owning your email systems, being able to see all email threads, and injecting a reply containing a malicious link into an existing email thread between trusted parties is a worrying thought. It is so vital these days, to train employees and colleagues not to open suspect messages and to ensure your email is protected. TechNoir Solutions has applications that can help train employees to spot suspect messages, to stop the spread of malware/ransomware before it enters your business.
If your business has Microsoft Exchange servers in your office contact a security specialist at TechNoir Solutions today to ensure your email servers are up to date and secure.
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