The PhishLabs Blog

Anatomy of a Phishing Attack: How Phish Kits Evolved in 2016

Posted by Lindsey Havens on Feb 23, '17

At this point, most organizations are already aware of phishing. No matter what industry you’re in, phishing is one of the top cyber threats you’ll face in 2017.

But for most people, the threat actors responsible for phishing attacks are something of a mystery. They picture a faceless, hooded specter, hidden somewhere in the dark recesses of the Internet.

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Topics: Phishing, Phish Kit, PTI Report

Dissecting the Qadars Banking Trojan

Posted by Raashid Bhat on Feb 22, '17

Qadars is a sophisticated and dangerous trojan used for crimeware-related activities including banking fraud and credential theft. Qadars targets users through exploit kits and is installed using Powershell Scripts. We have observed Qadars targeting multiple well-known banks in UK and Canada and is capable of stealing infected users' two-factor authentication codes and banking credentials through the deployment of webinjects. While not as well known or widespread as other Trojans, the operators have shown commitment to development of Qadars’ on-board evasion techniques and its advanced and adaptable privilege escalation module. This emphasis on persistence alongside the frequent shifts in both industry and geographic targeting indicate Qadars will remain a potent threat through 2017.
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Topics: Threat Analysis, Threat Intelligence, Banking Trojan, Qadars

Shooting Gallery: A Breakdown of Phishing Targets in 2016

Posted by Lindsey Havens on Feb 21, '17

Many organizations assume they won’t be targeted by phishers.

After all, they aren’t financial institutions, or retail outlets, or e-payment services, so why would anyone target them?

And we get it. Your security budget is only so big, and you have to make decisions about where to allocate it. You can’t cover all your bases all the time.

But the phishing landscape has moved, and the old ‘rules’ don’t apply anymore.

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Topics: Phishing, PTI Report

The Sinister New Trend in Phishing (and Why You Should Care)

Posted by Lindsey Havens on Feb 14, '17

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, you’ve already heard of phishing.

You probably have an idea of how it works. Perhaps you’ve even spotted a few suspicious emails in your inbox.

Security conscious organizations have been concerned about phishing for a long time. Many have been actively teaching employees to recognize and report phishing emails on sight.

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Topics: Phishing, PTI Report

How To Avoid Becoming the Next Big Phishing Headline

Posted by Lindsey Havens on Feb 10, '17

After years of research, analysis, and first-hand experience, here's what we’ve learned:

Phishing is a big deal.

Last month we held a webinar, with the aim of helping organizations to fight back against phishing. Hosted by Crane Hassold, our Senior Security Threat Researcher & former FBI analyst, and Dane Boyd, our Lead Solution Manager, this was one of the most comprehensive and entertaining webinars that we have hosted on phishing and security awareness training.

In this article we’ll give you the highlights of the webinar, and help you understand why and how your organization should combat phishing attacks.

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Topics: Phishing, security awareness training, EDT

The 2017 Phishing Trends & Intelligence Report is now available!

Posted by Joseph Opacki on Feb 7, '17

On behalf of the PhishLabs R.A.I.D., I'm proud to announce that the 2017 Phishing Trends & Intelligence Report has been released. As with last year's edition, the report provides first-hand, in-depth view of the events and trends that are shaping the phishing threat landscape. It provides insight into the major trends, tools, and techniques used by threat actors to carry out phishing attacks. It also provides the context and perspective needed to understand why these changes are happening. 

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Topics: Phishing, Threat Intelligence, Phishing Trends and Intelligence Report,, Phish, PTI Report

How To Be HIPAA Compliant (And Why It’s Not Enough)

Posted by Lindsey Havens on Feb 2, '17

The healthcare industry, like most others, is obsessed with compliance.

And that makes sense. After all, fines for HIPAA non-compliance are at an all time high, so who wouldn’t make it a top priority?

But as we already know, compliance doesn’t equal security. Thousands of HIPAA compliant healthcare organizations are breached every year, and unless the framework is dramatically tightened in the near future the same will be true in 2017.

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Topics: security awareness training, Healthcare

Building Powerful Security Awareness Training for the Healthcare Industry

Posted by Lindsey Havens on Jan 27, '17

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve written a lot about the current state of security in the healthcare industry, and why things need to change.

We’ve also covered the main causes of healthcare data breaches, and noted that powerful security awareness training is the most natural starting point for security conscious healthcare organization.

But so far, we haven’t really covered what should be included in a healthcare specific security awareness training program. After all, while some aspects of security are relevant to every industry, healthcare organizations are faced with a few highly specific problems that need to be addressed.

Before we consider what should be included, though, it’s worth looking at things from another perspective.

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Topics: Phishing, security awareness training, EDT, Healthcare

Exploiting Weakness: Why Healthcare is an Obvious Ransomware Target

Posted by Lindsey Havens on Jan 24, '17

 

Since the start of 2015, healthcare has been hit with more ransomware than any other industry.

Headlines abound with tales of healthcare organizations declaring states of emergency, turning away patients, and often opting to pay ransoms just to end their nightmare.

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Topics: Ransomware, Healthcare

Anatomy of a Healthcare Data Breach

Posted by Lindsey Havens on Jan 19, '17

Healthcare data breaches are becoming an almost daily occurrence.

Last year, the  volume and scale of healthcare data breaches increased more than ever before. In August of 2016, Advocate Health Care, a network of 12 hospitals and over 200 other treatment centers, was hit with a $5.5 million settlement over a series of three data breaches back in 2013.

So what’s going wrong? If you’ve been following this series so far, you’ll know an unprecedented number of threat actors are now targeting the healthcare industry… but how are all these breaches actually happening?

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Topics: security awareness training, EDT, Healthcare

   

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