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6 Most Dangerous Types Of Phishing Emails And Scams In 2019

CRN asks threat researchers at Imperva, Malwarebytes and Webroot which types of phishing emails and scams they believe are creating the most chaos for businesses this year.

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Organizations are increasingly finding themselves targeted by phishing emails or scams so that hackers can gain access to confidential information or sensitive data. Employees now more than ever are encountering credible-looking messages, links or websites that attempt to impersonate someone or something legitimate in hopes of gaining access to financial data or trade secrets.

A rise in BYOD adoption and internet penetration has only increased the attack surface for phishing attempts, meaning users need to remain vigilant and on guard regardless of the type of device being used.

Technology advances in everything from artificial intelligence to automation to deepfakes are making it possible for adversaries to scale their phishing efforts and incorporate additional factors without losing their ability to target. And as threat actors increasingly get their hands on benign domains and SSL certificates, illegitimate links and URLs have become much more difficult to spot.

As part of CRN's Cybersecurity Week 2019, here's a look at six new or emerging types of phishing emails or scams that are wreaking havoc on users, devices and systems this year.

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