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Introduction to Fortra’s Cloud Email Protection Platform

Advanced email threats continue to be a stark reality for enterprises. Even with Secure Email Gateways in place, deceptive attacks like BEC, targeted social engineering ploys, and spear phishing attempts can still get into user inboxes. In this video, Fortra’s Advanced Email Security experts discuss how Fortra’s Cloud Email Protection, a new integrated cloud email security platform, delivers multi...

Suspicious Email Analysis

Detect, Analyze & Mitigate Advanced Threats Enterprises struggle to stop email threats from routinely reaching user inboxes, leading to Business Email Compromise (BEC) and ransomware attacks. While users become more adept at identifying suspicious emails and enterprises invest in increasingly sophisticated email security stacks, threat actors continue to deploy emails designed to trick employees...

BEC: Why This Basic Threat Is Difficult to Detect

Revenue lost to payment fraud saw an increase in every major global region from 2021 to 2022, and odds are your organization is still seeing email impersonation threats in inboxes. But why? This article provides insights on Business Email Compromise to help you understand just why these threats are so effective for cybercriminals.

Brand Threats Masterclass: Experts Reveal Top Attacks and Defense Tactics

There is little doubt that AI-fueled impersonation campaigns and novel attacks via non-traditional channels have emerged as a primary concern for security teams. Brand impersonation is on the rise, with nearly 40 look-alike domains targeting brands each month. On social media, impersonation attacks account for almost half of all threatening content. And online counterfeit campaigns are...

How Organizations Can Use Dark Web Intelligence

The scope of intelligence on underground marketplaces is vast and navigating the dark web in search of brand mentions and potential threats can be time-consuming and complex. In order to proactively defend against attacks and mitigate the threat of leaked information, organizations should consistently monitor marketplaces and forums for data pertaining to their brand. If questionable data is...

Q3 Payload Report

QBot, the leading payload family in Q3, was disrupted as part of a coordinated, multinational operation led by the FBI on August 29, 2023. This resulted in the removal of 700,000 QBot payloads from infected devices across the globe, and interrupted the activity of one of the most active malware families since the former juggernaut Emotet, which was disrupted in 2021. While QBot led all other...

Threat Actor Profile: Strox Phishing-as-a-Service

Threat Background & History Beginning in the first half of 2022, Fortra has monitored a significant ongoing upward trend in fraud activity originating from various Phishing-as-a-Service (PhaaS) operations. Some of these services have thrived, while the popularity of others has diminished. One PhaaS operation that has notably been present throughout the past two years is known as Strox (aka Strox...

Reduce Ransomware Risk And Detect Data Leaks

Ransomware Risk Has Never Been Greater Ransomware gangs are strategically targeting enterprises, disabling critical systems, and demanding record ransom amounts. They are also stealing confidential data and threatening to leak company secrets unless victims pay up. With Fortra's Agari, enterprises can disrupt these attacks before they start and proactively monitor for ransomware data leaks. Stop...

Protect Against BEC From Inception to Inbox

Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks evade security filters and lead to fraud, compromised accounts, and data leakage. They use social engineering to trick recipients into executing urgent financial transactions or sending confidential data. Account takeover and look-alike domains are used by threat actors to impersonate senior-level executives and business partners in BEC scams. Often...

Cyber Defense Magazine: New PhishLabs Research Details .ZIP Abuse

Fortra’s PhishLabs has identified two separate incidents of new Google top-level domain (TLD) .zip used in phishing attacks. The attacks, detailed in the September issue of Cyber Defense Magazine, use .zip to impersonate a social media conglomerate and global technology company. Look-alike domains using common file extensions are increasingly used to enhance the perceived legitimacy of cyber...

Attacks on Credit Unions Exceed All Other Industries in Q2

According to Forta’s Phishlabs, credit unions became the top targeted industry on the dark web in Q2, surpassing banking institutions for the first time since we began reporting on this data in 2021. Financial institutions as a whole experienced the vast majority of abuse, with compromised credit card data leading all threat types on the dark web. Every quarter, Fortra’s PhishLabs analyzes...

QBot Operations Peak Pre-Takedown, O365 Attacks Increase in Q2

Cybercriminals doubled down on popular threat types and preferred malicious software in Q2, with O365 phish and QBot malware dominating inboxes by significant margins. QBot operations eclipsed all other malware once again, reaching their highest volume of share just before a multinational takedown Tuesday removed malicious code from more than 700,000 computers. Similarly, but lacking in disruption...

The Top Three Domain Protection Best Practices

Impersonating an organization’s domain can be a lucrative business for cybercriminals. Fortra’s 2023 Domain Impersonation Report found that the average brand is targeted by 40 look-alike domains per month. The two common types of domain impersonation are look-alike domains and email spoofing.

Original Research from Fortra Reveals Pervasiveness, Types of Look-Alike Domains Targeting Brands

In the ever-evolving landscape of cybercrime, look-alike domains remain a constant component in the vast majority of threats. Look-alike domains or, URLs that resemble those of a legitimate brand, can cause significant damage to brand reputation by way of fraudulent websites, phishing schemes, malware distribution, and more. Original research conducted by Fortra’s PhishLabs analyzes how look-alike...

The Use of Natural Language Processing for Identifying and Mitigating Threats

As technology advances, the battle between cyber criminals and organizations intensifies. Cyber threats have become more sophisticated, complex, and widespread, posing a significant risk to the security and integrity of sensitive data. In Q1 2023 alone, the number of global cyber attacks increased by 7% , with an average of 1,248 attacks reported per week. In a separate report by The Independent...

Phishing Sites Impersonating Social Media Jump in Q2

In Q2, phishing attacks targeting social media platforms increased more than 23%, according to Fortra’s PhishLabs. This is the greatest volume of attacks on social media in two years and puts the industry ahead of historically top targeted financial institutions. Every quarter, Fortra’s PhishLabs examines hundreds of thousands of phishing attacks targeting enterprises and their brands. In this...

Q2 Payload Report

QBot dominated as the top payload in Q2 with more than 95% of reported volume, according to Fortra’s PhishLabs. This is the third consecutive quarter QBot has led all other malware varieties by a significant majority. QBot was also consistently reported as a top payload in 2022, falling second only to Emotet and Redline Stealer before its current streak. Email payloads remain the primary delivery...