Phishing Attacks Getting Sneakier Towards The End Of 2021
While you’re getting creative with your gifts, scammers are finding new strategies to use in their phishing attacks. Yep, they don’t take a break. Not even for Christmas.
Phishing is a daily challenge for businesses, with bad guys always stepping up their game. Two new forms of attacks confirm the problem — one of them tricks users, while the other sneaks past security technology.
Two fresh phishing strategies keep experts on the edge. So let’s have a closer look at what cybercrooks have been up to.
ProxyLogon and ProxyShell-Based Phishing Attacks
ProxyLogon is a series of weaknesses in the Microsoft Exchange Server that a hacker can exploit to circumvent authentication and pass as an admin. Researchers warned that ProxyLogon “might be the most severe and impactful vulnerability in the Exchange history ever.” Several ProxyLogon vulnerabilities have patches available since March 2021, but many users have yet to install them.
ProxyShell is a more recent exploit. Customer servers that have not updated their software since July 2021 are at risk. When cybergrinches breach into a network with ProxyShell, they can do whatever they please and run any command or program they want.
Once the hacker infiltrates a company’s system with either ProxyLogon or ProxyShell, they hijack legitimate existing email threads. Security controls may not filter or quarantine these emails, as they are exchanged between internal users. The threat actors are very careful and do not move laterally on servers or install malware in order to evade detection. However, the emails do contain attachments with the SQUIRRELWAFFLE malware loader in them.
If a recipient opens the attachment, they are asked to enable macros. Once they do so, SQUIRRELWAFFLE will execute and download final stage payloads.
RATDispenser Phishing Attacks
And here’s some news to give you goosebumps — according to a study conducted by HP, a jaw-dropping 89% of anti-virus engines failed to detect RATDispenser, proving yet again that you can’t rely on technology-based defenses when it comes to phishing-delivered malware.
The Need For Security Awareness Training
Unfortunately, your employees are the weakest link in the chain and scammers will bombard them with phishing emails all the time. And, with Christmas approaching so quickly, they are all the more likely to be oblivious to the red flags of a phishing attempt.
Your staff is your first line of defense against phishing attacks, so you need to be able to rely on their vigilance. To achieve it, make it a priority to implement security awareness training in your company. A robust and extensive program will teach them everything they need to know to stay off the hook.
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Security Boulevard Phishing Attacks Getting Sneakier
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