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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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Spoofing Text Messages

Threat actors have gotten increasingly adept at spoofing text messages by setting up a gateway, which is only slightly more complicated than setting up an email server, said BitSight Chief Technology Officer Stephen Boyer. Adversaries know victim names and phone numbers from previous breaches and are able to match those data sets to take advantage of an unexpected attack vector, according to Boyer.

People are used to the idea of not clicking on suspicious emails but still aren’t that well-trained on the idea that they can also be phished via text message, according to Boyer. Like texts, emails can be spoofed very easily, with users almost always unaware if a message came from a mail server in the U.S. or a mail server in China, Boyer said.

“Typosquatting” also continues to be an effective phishing attack vector, with adversaries taking advantage of a lack of user awareness and technological protection to replace “O” with “0”, Boyer said. Adversaries have gotten far more sophisticated in their tradecraft, with misspellings occurring much less frequently today than in the past, according to Boyer.

 
 
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