Expert Comments On Brand-impersonation Spear Phishing Attacks

Remote workers have been targeted by up to 65,000 Google-brand impersonation attacks, according to the most recent ‘Threat Spotlight’ report from Barracuda Networks. This type of spear phishing scam uses branded sites to trick victims into sharing login credentials.

Of the nearly 100,000 form-based attacks Barracuda detected between January 1, 2020, and April 30, 2020, Google file sharing and storage websites were used in 65 per cent of attacks. This includes storage.googleapis.com (25 per cent), docs.google.com (23 per cent), storage.cloud.google.com (13 per cent), and drive.google.com (4 per cent).


EXPERTS COMMENTS
Chloé Messdaghi, VP of Strategy,  Point3 Security
June 01, 2020
Similarly, never check and respond to emails in the evening if they’re not focused or have had a cocktail.
Many attackers know that if they want to attack someone specific, it’s more likely to succeed if their initial attacks lands in a target’s email box late at night or early in the morning when they’re not as focused, and when the attacker can most convincingly pretend to be someone else. One of the more popular ways currently to get to a CEO or executive is to target executive assistants w ....
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Steve Peake, UK Systems Engineer Manager,  Barracuda Networks
May 28, 2020
Brand-impersonation spear phishing attacks have always been a popular and successful method.
Brand-impersonation spear phishing attacks have always been a popular and successful method of harvesting a user’s login credentials, and with more people than ever working from home, it’s no surprise that cyber criminals are taking the opportunity to flood people’s inboxes with these scams. The sophistication of these attacks has accelerated in recent times: now, hackers can even create an ....
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