Scammers that use phishing never pass up a chance to steal your information. They constantly search for a way in, whether it is by preying on complacent employees, ecstatic devotees, or even the weak, unsuspecting individual. Understanding the most recent phishing strategies is crucial because of the risks associated with it.
Learning new attacks as a business professional is essential for alerting coworkers, modifying email security, and maintaining monitoring systems. You’ll be happy you did it when someone eventually comes across a phishing link or suspicious material in your business.
New Research on Phishing Attacks
Researchers profiled individuals who click on phishing emails after a fifteen-month investigation of 15,000 persons was finished in late 2021.
Research showed that the youngest and oldest employees tend to click more frequently. Additionally, users were more prone to fall for new phishing scams if they used specialized software for repeated activities. The most alarming fact, however, was that over a third of workers eventually click on at least one risky link or attachment.
The likelihood of your company experiencing a problem increases with the number of employees you have and the number of phishing attempts they encounter.
Additional New Phishing Messages
There are a lot of new phishing types of attacks that don’t make the news. New phishing techniques were developed in India as a result of new government electric vehicle (EV) incentives that aimed to take advantage of customer interest.
You can undoubtedly anticipate similar attacks in the United States that aim to take advantage of national and local incentives that serve our own self-interest. Other recent phishing scams focus on concern over money.
One scam, for instance, pretends to notify Citibank customers that their accounts have been suspended because of questionable logins or activities. Viewers that click the offered link in an effort to fix the problem end up becoming victims. These assaults are effective against business accounts where several users can carry out transactions.
Phishing Methods That Are More Advanced
Emails are now being used in new phishing strategies to deliver innovative attacks or to launch more intricate attacks. Bypassing email protection, malware called BazarBackdoor enables remote access to an inside device by hackers. If exploited effectively, it will give them a chance to migrate laterally throughout the network.
Through popular file-sharing services, these innocent emails promise to give something of interest, including product pricing quotations or shipping information, spreading malware.
Other modern phishing schemes use stickers or QR codes in restaurants or other public places to send links to malware. While excellent for giving customers vital information, QR codes can also link them to websites that steal their credentials or run malware.
Additionally, Microsoft has discovered a multi-stage phishing assault that targets businesses without multi-factor authentication. As with typical phishing attempts, the first stage involves stealing an employee’s email address. However, the second stage creates a new Office 365 account in the victim’s name on a malicious device rather than targeting the victim.
Once set up on the new device, the victim’s account is utilized to send phishing emails to clients or other employees within the business using the real email address. The company’s OneDrive or SharePoint systems may potentially be infected by malware from these two-stage attacks, which have a realistic appearance.
How to Avoid Phishing Attacks
Learning about the most recent types of assaults can help you and your team start avoiding scams like these. By requiring strong email security, multiple layers of IT protection, and active breach monitoring, you are helping lower the risks of a phishing attack significantly.
A security investment with JENLOR deters potential attacks and enables your team to lessen the damage caused by the unavoidable successful attack. Contact JENLOR today for short-term or ongoing assistance with phishing education or defense, or complete the form below.