Phishing, a type of social engineering, is defined as the act of sending out fraudulent emails to unsuspecting victims and inducing them to reveal their confidential information such as passwords or credit card details. It is the most common form of cyber crime and dangerous as well, because it goes undetected by regular anti-virus software.
The employee is the first line of defense. If the target is an employee of an organization, then the whole organization is at risk of losing millions of dollars, especially if the attack has been successful. A recent survey estimated that a breach costs a company $3.86 millions on an average. This could be high or low depending on the type and volume of data that was stolen.
In the case of an attack on an individual, all his bank accounts, loan accounts and other investments are compromised, as are his credit and identity information.
It is estimated that 14.5 billion spam emails are sent everyday! Nearly 97% of the users are unable to recognise a sophisticated phishing email.The first half of the year 2021 has seen a whopping 22% increase in the volume of phishing attacks over the same time period as of last year. 75% of organizations around the world have experienced phishing attacks in some form.
Pause before clicking: On an individual level, it is prudent to be alert at all times and be educated on how phishing attacks look like. For instance, while receiving an email that prompts you to click on a link, it is wise to review the sender’s address and check for impersonations. Also check the domain name, if it is real or misspelled so cleverly that it often goes unnoticed. (e.g. “hbfcnetbanking.com”).
On a larger scale, such as in an organization, the entire workforce has to be made aware of the dangers of cyber attacks via training or mock demo sessions. When in doubt, always check with an IT team member. It pays to play safe.
Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) are used within cyber intelligence strategies to identify threat patterns that are associated with a group of threat actors. They are often used by hackers to plan and execute cyber attacks on networks. They provide information about how to respond to breaches and prevent future ones. Analysis of such information often gives insight into the thinking and attack strategy of the hacker. This aids in counterintelligence and strategic security operations.
Often cyber security companies offer 99% protection from phishing attacks. Traditionally, solutions that were provided used known ids which were ineffective whereas the hackers attack by developing new types of content, new URLs, new IP addresses etc.
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Threat Intelligence is often defined as the identification and analysis of cyber threats that are aimed at businesses. It involves examining huge amounts of data to filter out the relevant ones, spot the concerned areas, and deploy solutions to fix them. Now personalised threat intelligence goes a step further by giving context to the data. While the data generated draws out a map, threat intelligence draws out a route.
In order to meet your organization’s needs, it is imperative to check the three developmental stages of threat intelligence - producing, sharing, and applying.
Infopercept beats the hackers at their own game; they lure the attackers by creating fake social media profiles/accounts using real company ids. e.g. email@example.com
We create social media decoy using real company details and email id as a deception for attackers.
Adversaries get phished with our deception to launch their phishing attack using the decoy email id.
For cybersecurity to have upper hand, attacker sense is the most important approach. Like anti-phishing, in every counter, attackers’ tactics can be used to design and execute a proactive cybersecurity. Open source cybersecurity innovations help to leverage attacker intelligence to prepare counter cybersecurity intelligence.