Proofpoint researchers have increasingly observed that threat actors leverage natural human curiosity rather than exploits to trick users into opening malicious emails, clicking on links, transferring funds, and more. While document-based exploits and exploit kits still regularly threaten individuals and organizations, decreasing technical vulnerabilities makes people far more attractive and reliable targets.
From business email fraud schemes to macro-laden documents to malicious links in social media spam, attackers are making the most of the human factor. We see evidence of this every day in large scale campaigns targeting millions of recipients, smaller personalized campaigns, and highly targeted attacks on individuals with access to sensitive information and banking credentials.
Email fraud is nothing new, but online criminals have become ever more-effective at spoofing their identities to trick employees into sending them money. The Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACSC) recorded losses of over $20M to business email compromise (BEC) attacks last year alone, up 230 percent over the previous year – and the full amount is certain to be much larger.
Cybersecurity Insights - Attack
No matter how robust your security, or how diligent your employees, network credentials are a free pass for cybercriminals. This is mostly because employees are relied upon for their own password management. And with more than 4.8 billion sets of stolen credentials said to be available online, odds are that at least a few of your employees’ user IDs and passwords are just waiting to be used by unscrupulous outsiders. Are you ready to stop them?
Cybersecurity Insights - People
Cyber resilience will be particularly important as Australian organisations face increased pressure to quickly detect, respond to, and manage the repercussions of breaches in the wake of 2018’s Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme.