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Security News: New Phishing Tactics Emerge Avast VERIFIED



Though they come in many shapes and sizes, it is possible to learn how to recognize phishing emails. Next, we provide an overview of their most commonly shared traits. Dependable cybersecurity solutions will carry most of the load when it comes to protecting against phishing, but by looking out for the following warning signs, you can serve as your own first line of phishing defense.




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PRAGUE, Feb. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Avast One Essential, the award-winning online protection service from digital security and privacy leader Avast, has achieved the top spot in a phishing detection comparison test between leading free and paid cyber safety software, including products from Kaspersky, McAfee, ESET, Bitdefender and Microsoft Defender. Avast One Essential recorded a detection rate of 99%, published in a report* by independent antivirus (AV) testing organization AV-Comparatives, which also evaluated the effectiveness of phishing page detection among some of the world's leading browsers. Avast Secure Browser, a privacy-first browser with anti-phishing technology, also ranked first with a 95% block rate, ahead of Microsoft Edge (80%), Firefox (77%), Opera (56%) and Google Chrome (34%).


About Avast:Avast (LSE:AVST), a FTSE 100 company, is a global leader in digital security and privacy, headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic. With over 435 million users online, Avast offers products under the Avast and AVG brands that protect people from threats on the internet and the evolving IoT threat landscape. The company's threat detection network is among the most advanced in the world, using machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to detect and stop threats in real time. Avast digital security products for Mobile, PC or Mac are top-ranked and certified by VB100, AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, SE Labs and others. Avast is a member of Coalition Against Stalkerware, No More Ransom, and the Internet Watch Foundation. Visit: www.avast.com.


The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued advice to businesses to help them improve their defenses against phishing, one of the most common ways that malicious actors gain initial access to business networks. Phishing targets employees, who are weak links in the security chain. Employees are prone to make mistakes, and all it takes is for one employee to fail to recognize...


The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued advice to businesses to help them improve their defenses against phishing, one of the most common ways that malicious actors gain initial access to business networks. Phishing targets employees, who are weak links in the security chain. Employees are prone to make mistakes, and all it takes is for one employee to fail to recognize a phishing threat for a threat actor to gain...


A massive phishing campaign is being conducted via WhatsApp that alerts recipients that they have won a prize and need to visit a website using the provided link to claim it. The campaign was identified by security researchers at Cyjax, who have attributed the campaign to a Chinese threat group they are tracking as Fangxiao, after they successfully deanonymized some of the domains used in the campaign and bypassed the Cloudflare...


The Q2, 2022 Brand Phishing Report from cybersecurity firm Check Point shows LinkedIn is still the most impersonated brand in phishing attempts, having first entered into the Top 10 Most Impersonated Brands list in Q1, 2022. There has also been a surge in phishing attempts impersonating Microsoft, which have more than doubled from the previous quarter. The increase has seen Microsoft catapulted into position 2 in the list, accounting...


The cybersecurity vendor CrowdStrike has issued a warning about a callback phishing campaign that attempts to trick employees at businesses into visiting a malicious website. Initial contact is made via email, which instructs recipients to make a phone call as part of a security audit. According to one of the emails obtained by researchers at Crowdstrike, contact is made due to an alleged data breach at the cybersecurity firm. The...


Security researchers at the cybersecurity firm PIXM have identified a massive phishing campaign being conducted through Facebook and Messenger, which has driven millions of individuals to web pages hosting phishing forms and online adverts. According to PIXM, in just 4 months, a threat actor was able to steal more than 1 million credentials and generated significant revenue from online advertising commissions. The account credentials...


A new phishing campaign has been detected that piggybacks on the current crisis in Ukraine to trick people into divulging their credentials. Emails are being sent warning about suspicious account access from Russia to scare people into clicking the link and logging into their account to change the password. The campaign targets Microsoft customers and attempts to steal Microsoft 365 credentials. The campaign was discovered by security...


The Irish cybersecurity firm TitanHQ, a leading SaaS business offering a portfolio of cloud-based cybersecurity solutions, has announced the acquisition of the Dublin-based security awareness firm Cyber Risk Aware. Cyber Risk Aware was formed in 2016 and provides the only behavior-driven security awareness platform that provides real-time training to help counter the threat from phishing and other cybersecurity threats that target...


Proofpoint has revealed cyber threat actors are now using a new class of phishing kit that is allowing them to bypass multi-factor authentication (MFA). Multi-factor authentication is strongly recommended on accounts to improve security. Multifactor authentication requires an additional form of identification to be provided in addition to a password. In the event of a password being obtained by an unauthorized individual, access to...


Analysts at email security firm INKY have identified a new phishing campaign that uses mathematical symbols in spoofed corporate logos in an attempt to fool email security solutions and ensure the phishing messages get delivered to inboxes. Many AI-based anti-phishing solutions can detect brand impersonation attacks and reject or quarantine messages rather than delivering to inboxes. If a message looks like it is from a known brand,...


A new phishing campaign is underway that delivers the BazarBackdoor malware using a nested archive method, which involves putting compressed archives within another compressed archive. Using a single compressed archive is not sufficient to hide malware from many secure email gateway solutions, which have the capability to scan inside archive files. However, many email security solutions do not check any deeper than this, so adding a...


A new phishing campaign has been detected that uses malformed URL prefixes to bypass email security solutions and fool individuals into disclosing their login credentials. The novel tactic was identified by researchers at GreatHorn. Rather than use the standard URL protocols HTTP:// or HTTPS:// the domain linked in the phishing email used HTTP:/\ (forward slash/backslash). The researchers first identified this tactic being used in...


Researchers at Israeli cybersecurity firm Ironscales have identified a spear phishing campaign targeting Office 365 users that spoofs the Microsoft.com domain. Several thousand Office 365 mailboxes are known to have been targeted, with around 100 customers of Ironscales having been sent the phishing emails. Those customers span several industry sectors including healthcare, insurance, telecom, manufacturing, and financial services....


The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have issued a warning about ongoing cyberattacks on think tanks by foreign Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups. The purpose of the attacks is to gain persistent access to victim networks for espionage purposes. This is achieved through phishing attacks to gain access to user credentials and by exploiting vulnerabilities in...


Clicking the link takes the user to a phishing site that looks like the GitHub login page but steals any credentials entered. For users with TOTP-based two-factor authentication (2FA) enabled, the phishing site also relays any TOTP codes to the threat actor and GitHub in real time, allowing the threat actor to break into accounts protected by TOTP-based 2FA. Accounts protected by hardware security keys are not vulnerable to this attack.


Interestingly, the domain hackers liked to impersonate the most this past year was DHL. The shipping giant was named the most spoofed brand in phishing, and fake DHL exploits accounted for over 20% of all worldwide phishing attempts intercepted by security firm Check Point. Close behind were LinkedIn and Microsoft. In the DHL campaigns, attackers use an unsurprising (but effective) method of alerting customers that their package couldn't be delivered and then requesting payment and personal information in order to proceed.


To protect against this type of scam, organizations should conduct ongoing employee security awareness training that, among other things, discourages users from publishing sensitive personal or corporate information on social media. Companies should also invest in spear phishing prevention solutions that analyze inbound emails for known malicious links/email attachments. This solution should be capable of picking up on indicators for both known malware and zero-day threats. Additionally, targeted social media protection solutions can monitor for threats specifically on those platforms, weed out false positives, and block attacks.


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