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Social Engineering Likely Cause of Yahoo! Hack

January 21, 2020
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The FBI believes that the massive Yahoo! breach started with either a social engineering or spear phishing attack on privileged users according to Ars Technica. “Malcom Palmore, the FBI special agent in charge of the bureau’s Silicon Valley office, told Ars in an interview that the initial breach that led to the exposure of a […]

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The Difference Between Phishing, Spear Phishing and Social Engineering

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There are many differences between phishing, spear phishing and social engineering attacks, but they are often used interchangeably and incorrectly. That creates some confusion when people are describing attacks and planning for defense. Understanding these attack types is important. Download: Spear Phishing White Paper In our review of the 5 Agonies of Cyber Attacks, we […]

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Verizon Says Phishing Still Drives 90% of Cybersecurity Breaches

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Verizon’s analysis of 1600 cybersecurity incidents and 800 breaches found that phishing was involved in 90% of successful attacks. Despite years of phishing awareness training, employees are still getting fooled. Verizon even included a section in this year’s Data Breaches Investigations Report (DBIR) called, “Attack the Humans.” Why? Humans are your weakest link. You can […]

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Graphus and ISG Partner on Spear Phishing and Ransomware Prevention Tool

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Today Graphus is pleased to announce a new channel partnership with the Intelligence Systems Group (ISG). ISG is a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that provides cyber security software and services to the Intelligence Community. The company will initially offer the Graphus solution to its corporate and governmental client’s using G-Suite by Google to detect, […]

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New Report on Ransomware: Goldeneye Attack Traces Back to Spear Phishing

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While there is debate about how the WannaCry ransomware attack in May was spread, it seems fairly clear that yesterday’s Goldeneye attack was delivered via spear phishing. Reuters reported: An adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister said earlier in the day that the virus got into computer systems via “phishing” emails written in Russian and Ukrainian […]

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Spear Phishing Attacks Escalate at Nuclear Power Plants, Utilities and Manufacturers

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The New York Times reported last week that spear phishing attacks have escalated recently targeting nuclear power plants, utilities and manufacturers. The article focused specifically on the threat to nuclear facilities where “spear phishing” was the common cyber attack technique. Hackers wrote highly targeted email messages containing fake résumés for control engineering jobs and sent […]

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