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Malware peddlers love this one social engineering trick!

Malware peddlers love this one social engineering trick! 2024-06-17 at 16:16 By Zeljka Zorz Attackers are increasingly using a clever social engineering technique to get users to install malware, Proofpoint researchers are warning. The message warns of a problem but also offers a way to fix it (Source: Proofpoint) Social engineering users to install malware …

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90% of threats are social engineering

90% of threats are social engineering 2024-06-06 at 06:32 By Help Net Security In this Help Net Security video, Jakub Kroustek, Malware Research Director at Gen, discusses the Avast Q1 2024 Threat Report. The report highlights significant trends and incidents in cybersecurity. Key findings include: Surge in social engineering attacks: Nearly 90% of threats blocked …

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Identity-related incidents becoming severe, costing organizations a fortune

Identity-related incidents becoming severe, costing organizations a fortune 2024-05-30 at 06:09 By Help Net Security With the rise of identity sprawl and system complexity, more businesses are suffering identity-related incidents than ever before, according to IDSA. Identity-related incidents in headlines Identity-related incidents continue to dominate today’s headlines. Clorox, MGM, and Caesars fell prey to social …

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YouTube has become a significant channel for cybercrime

YouTube has become a significant channel for cybercrime 2024-05-21 at 06:31 By Help Net Security Social engineering threats – those which rely on human manipulation – account for most cyberthreats faced by individuals in 2024, according to Avast. According to the latest quarterly Avast Threat Report, which looks at the threat landscape from January-March 2024, …

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Black Basta target orgs with new social engineering campaign

Black Basta target orgs with new social engineering campaign 2024-05-13 at 15:46 By Zeljka Zorz Black Basta, one of the most prolific ransomware-as-a-service operators, is trying out a combination of email DDoS and vishing to get employees to download remote access tools. Black Basta TTPs and newest initial access attempts According to a cybersecurity advisory …

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GenAI can enhance security awareness training

GenAI can enhance security awareness training 2024-04-24 at 07:31 By Help Net Security One of the biggest concerns over generative AI is its ability to manipulate us, which makes it ideal for orchestrating social engineering attacks. From mining someone’s digital footprint to crafting highly convincing spear phishing emails, to voice capture enabling vishing and deep …

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Cisco Duo provider breached, SMS MFA logs compromised

Cisco Duo provider breached, SMS MFA logs compromised 2024-04-16 at 18:31 By Zeljka Zorz Hackers have managed to compromise a telephony provider for Duo, the Cisco-owned company providing secure access solutions, and steal MFA (multi-factor authentication) SMS message logs of Duo customers. About the attack The unnamed provider – one of two that Duo uses …

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New open-source project takeover attacks spotted, stymied

New open-source project takeover attacks spotted, stymied 2024-04-16 at 16:16 By Zeljka Zorz The OpenJS Foundation has headed off a “credible takeover attempt” similar to the one that resulted in a backdoor getting included in the open-source XZ Utils package by someone who called themselves “Jia Tan”. This malicious maintainer achieved that coveted position after …

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US organizations targeted with emails delivering NetSupport RAT

US organizations targeted with emails delivering NetSupport RAT 2024-03-22 at 15:08 By Helga Labus Employees at US-based organizations are being targeted with emails delivering NetSupport RAT malware via “nuanced” exploitation and by using an advanced detection evasion method. The malware campaign The campaign, dubbed PhantomBlu, takes the form of email messages purportedly coming from a …

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Hacker Conversations: Stephanie ‘Snow’ Carruthers, Chief People Hacker at IBM X-Force Red

Hacker Conversations: Stephanie ‘Snow’ Carruthers, Chief People Hacker at IBM X-Force Red 2024-03-18 at 15:17 By Kevin Townsend The desire to be a hacker is usually innate, and commonly emerges in early life. This did not happen with Snow: she was a married freelance special effects makeup artist when it all began. The post Hacker …

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95% believe LLMs making phishing detection more challenging

95% believe LLMs making phishing detection more challenging 2024-03-04 at 07:32 By Help Net Security More than 95% of responding IT and security professionals believe social engineering attacks have become more sophisticated in the last year, according to LastPass. Recent AI advancements, particularly generative AI, have empowered cybercriminals to coordinate social engineering assaults with unprecedented …

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Cybercriminals harness AI for new era of malware development

Cybercriminals harness AI for new era of malware development 2024-03-01 at 08:31 By Help Net Security The alliance between ransomware groups and initial access brokers (IABs) is still the powerful engine for cybercriminal industry, as evidenced by the 74% year-on-year increase in the number of companies that had their data uploaded on dedicated leak sites …

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Airbnb scammers pose as hosts, redirect users to fake Tripadvisor site

Airbnb scammers pose as hosts, redirect users to fake Tripadvisor site 2024-02-29 at 16:19 By Helga Labus Scammers on Airbnb are faking technical issues and citing higher fees to get users to a spoofed Tripadvisor website and steal their money. The Airbnb scam Malwarebytes researchers came across the Airbnb scam when trying to book an …

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Why identity fraud costs organizations millions

Why identity fraud costs organizations millions 2024-02-20 at 07:01 By Help Net Security 92% of respondents to a recent report shared that their organization had been a victim of identity fraud, costing an average of $4.3 million over the last 12 months. Even so, only 40% stated identity verification as a top identity challenge, noting …

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Clean links and sophisticated scams mark new era in email attacks

Clean links and sophisticated scams mark new era in email attacks 2024-02-20 at 06:05 By Help Net Security Analysis of 7 billion emails shows clean links are duping users, malicious EML attachments increased 10-fold in Q4, and social engineering attacks are at all-time highs, according to VIPRE Security. The rise of the EML file attachments …

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AI expected to increase volume, impact of cyberattacks

AI expected to increase volume, impact of cyberattacks 2024-01-25 at 12:16 By Helga Labus All types of cyber threat actor are already using artificial intelligence (AI) to varying degrees, UK National Cyber Security Centre’s analysts say, and predict that AI “will almost certainly increase the volume and heighten the impact of cyberattacks over the next …

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The growing challenge of cyber risk in the age of synthetic media

The growing challenge of cyber risk in the age of synthetic media 2024-01-09 at 07:01 By Help Net Security As AI tools become more widespread, impersonation and deception have become easier. However, organizations are combating this issue with policies and technological solutions. In this Help Net Security video, Mike Bechtel, Chief Futurist at Deloitte, discusses …

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Social engineer reveals effective tricks for real-world intrusions

Social engineer reveals effective tricks for real-world intrusions 2024-01-08 at 08:31 By Mirko Zorz In this Help Net Security interview, Jayson E. Street, Chief Adversarial Officer at Secure Yeti, discusses intriguing aspects of social engineering and unconventional methods for gathering target information. Street explores the overlooked threat of physical security and the human tendency to …

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Exploring the impact of generative AI in the 2024 presidential election

Exploring the impact of generative AI in the 2024 presidential election 05/12/2023 at 07:32 By Help Net Security 2024 is a presidential election year in the US. 2016 and 2020 both saw impressive increases in attempts to influence voters through crafty propaganda and social media campaigns run by bots and expert social engineers, along with …

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