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Ransomware Overshadowed by Phishing, But It's Not Dead Yet

by John Callon

Industry Insights Malware Ransomware

According to several recent surveys, phishing may have surpassed ransomware as the top concern for IT and security managers, and there may not be a single ransomware out there to capture the collective imagination like Locky did in 2016, but don't be misled—ransomware continues alive and well. Recent targeted Ryuk attacks have been hammering businesses, like the December infection at Tribune Publishing in Chicago.

Buying Email Security Has Gotten Harder

by Duncan Mills

Email Security

Has the success of Microsoft Office 365 exacerbated the already complex task of purchasing email security? New Buyer’s Guides give framework and provide checklist to get it right.

How to Protect Your Office 365 Email Users from Phishing

by John Callon

Email Security Phishing

Phishing has become the top concern for IT and security managers using Office 365, more so than ransomware - read the cybersecurity survey by Osterman Research.

Christmas Eve Warning! Malware Targeting Amazon Shoppers

by Maharlito Aquino and Kervin Alintanahin

Security Research & Analysis Threat Analysis

Shopping for Christmas gifts has never been easier, especially with Amazon—and who doesn’t use Amazon? This is why using fake Amazon orders is a favorite method bad actors have been using this time of year to bait rushed Christmas shoppers. As a warning to anybody (everybody?) caught up in receiving last-minute Amazon deliveries, we've come across a malicious email campaign (see image below) to install a variant of the Emotet malware, a polymorphic banking Trojan that is virtual machine-aware and primarily functions as a downloader or dropper of other malwares.

Office 365 Top Brand Targeted by Phishing Kits in 2018

by Magni Sigurdsson, Sarah Neubauer

Phishing Security Research & Analysis

Criminals are nothing if not financial opportunists, and the boom in phishing has been like a cybercrime gold rush: While some are panning for gold, others are selling the tools and equipment. In 2018, the underground phishing economy has come of age, with the evolution of phishing kits offering spoofed web pages – basic ‘equipment’ for any phishing attack – a prime example. “Phishing-as-a-Service” has ushered in a new era of sophistication and access for the low-level cybercriminal – democratizing phishing attacks.  What used to take a team of skilled designers, developers, and hackers to architect, build and deploy can now be purchased on the internet for as little as fifty bucks, or rented as a turn-key service for roughly the same amount a month.

Office 365 Security Budgets Increase to Stop Phishing

by John Callon

Email Security Phishing Security Research & Analysis

With 78 percent of businesses that utilize Office 365 reporting one or more successful cyberattacks this year, it’s not surprising that IT managers at over half of Office 365-enabled organizations also say they’ve increased their security spending by a robust average 18 percent compared to 2017.