Financial institutions and banks all over the world are being targeted by a latest email phishing campaign. This campaign employs an unusual method as fraction of its attacks.
The phishing emails come with SHTML (server-parsed HTML) file attachments that are normally employed by web servers. If consumers open the files, they are instantly redirected to a malicious website asking for sensitive data, which if added, falls squarely into the hands of bad actors—who are thought to be operating out of the UK.
Uncovered by threat scientists at Mimecast (the cybersecurity company), over 50% of the nasty emails have been sent in the UK to targets, with noteworthy numbers also sent to possible victims in South Africa and Australia. A small number of assaults have targeted inboxes of consumers in the remaining part of the world.
Finance and banking is the primary target of the assaults—even though the emails sent to Australia seem to be majorly aimed at the higher education segment. On the other hand, one thing all the preys have in common is how they reside on huge amounts of personal data, login credentials, and financial data, all of which can be very helpful for attackers.
The campaign began in early April and distribution arrives through a tested trick for phishing breaches—these are simple emails stating to be a receipt from a transaction.
On a related note, a security firm has claimed how a con artist who started his career for cyber criminal as a simple romance scammer has gone on to develop a highly successful BEC (business email compromise) process, aiming at organizations and collecting millions of dollars.
Since 2008, the person has developed an organization using dozens of other hackers, cybercriminals, and money mules in a scam that aims at enterprises to trick workers into paying huge sums of money.
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