A time of chaos is a time for opportunity for unscrupulous individuals and groups, and COVID-19 is seemingly an unmissable boon for cyber crooks. We’ve already covered a variety of COVID-19-themed scams, phishing attempts, hoaxes and malware delivery campaigns, but new and inventive approaches are popping up daily. The latest schemes and scams that exploit…

Nearly 90 percent of global organizations were targeted with BEC and spear phishing attacks in 2019, reflecting cybercriminals’ continued focus on compromising individual end users, a Proofpoint survey reveals. Seventy-eight percent also reported that security awareness training activities resulted in measurable reductions in phishing susceptibility. The report examines global data from nearly 50 million simulated…

Ransomware attacks on organizations are likely to continue unabated in the near term if the results of a new survey by Proofpoint are any indication. The security vendor recently polled 600 IT security professionals from around the world on trends related to phishing and other email-borne threats. The results showed that 33% — or nearly…

Despite a nearly four-month absence, the return of Emotet within the last two weeks of September accounted for nearly 12 percent of all malicious email samples in Q3, delivering millions of messages with malicious URLs or attachments, Proofpoint found. Emotet returns, organizations need to react “Emotet’s return to the threat landscape and the latest sextortion…

Phishing remains a leading concern for organizations worldwide. A new Proofpoint report features analysis of data related to nearly 130 million cybersecurity questions and offers insights into employee knowledge levels across 14 categories, 16 industries, and more than 20 commonly used department classifications. Overall, one in every four questions in the “Identifying Phishing Threats” and…