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10 Dangerous Phishing Attack Trends To Know About In 2021

From brand impersonation and business email compromise to initial access brokers and the misuse of automated email alert templates, here are the most alarming phishing attack trends seen by the industry.

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One Phish, Two Phish

Phishing is a type of social engineering where an attacker sends a fraudulent message designed to trick a human victim into revealing sensitive information. Phishing was by far the most common attack performed by cybercriminals last year, with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center recording more than double the number of phishing incidents as compared with other types of computer crime.

Most phishing messages are delivered by email and historically weren’t personalized or targeted to a specific individual or company. In contrast, spear phishing attackers often gather and use personal information about their target to increase the probability of success and typically target executives or employees who have access to the organization’s sensitive financial data and services.

As part of Cybersecurity Week 2021, CRN spoke with 10 vendors about the most dangerous phishing attack trends to emerge since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. From brand impersonation and business email compromise to initial access brokers and the misuse of automated email alert templates, here are the most alarming phishing attack trends to rear their head in recent years.

 
 
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