FireEye – Email Threat Report Summary

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FireEye at Cyber Defense Summit announced the release of its latest email threat update. The analysis of more than two billion emails is visually depicted within their new infographic (these findings are the result of FireEye analysis against a sample set of more than two billion emails from April through June 2019).   

To summarize, FireEye has identified several significant themes: 

  • Attackers Are Getting Ahead in the Cloud: As companies continue migrating to the cloud, bad actors are abusing cloud services to deploy phishing attacks. Some of the most common tactics include hosting Microsoft-themed phishing pages with Microsoft Azure, nesting embedded phish URLs in documents hosted on popular file sharing services, and establishing phishing URL redirects on popular email delivery platforms. 
  • Microsoft Continues to Be the Most Popular Brand Used in Phishing Lures: A typical phishing email impersonates a well-known contact or trusted company to induce the recipient to click on an embedded link, with the ultimate goal of credential or credit card harvesting. During the evaluated period, FireEye saw Microsoft- and Office 365-themed phishing attacks increase by 12 percent quarter over quarter, as Microsoft continues to be the most popular brand utilized in phishing attacks, with 68 percent of all phishing detections. 
  • Entertainment/Media/Hospitality Most Targeted Vertical: Q2 saw a shakeup in the most targeted vertical industries. Entertainment/Media/Hospitality has stolen the number one spot from Financial Services, which dropped to number two. Other highly targeted verticals for email-based attacks include Manufacturing, Service Providers, Telecom, State & Local Government, Services/Consulting, and Insurance. 

 


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