Cybercriminals normally use phishing attacks in order to steal access credentials to corporate networks which will allow them to download private data, install malware, and commit further fraudulent attacks.

This type of attack is, typically, carried out through emailing individuals and getting them to hand over credentials and protected information. hackers normally use ‘social engineering’ tactics to make the recipients of the email believe that the communication they are sending is genuine. This is accomplished by pretending to be real people within the same group, often by creating an email address that is very close to the authentic email address with a similar layout as well. These emails will feature a URL that takes anyone who clicks on it to a data harvesting website that is laden with malware and adware. In order to ensure that their conversion rate is higher the cybercriminals make the spoofed website look almost identical to the real website as is possible.

These spam attacks offer the chance of a high return for a minimal effort for the hackers. Additionally, if they are detected, it is very difficult to apprehend those responsible for conducting them. Here we have listed the most common ways that hackers use email to try and steal private data. The emails will include:

  1. Information that advises accounts are about to be closed unless the website is visited to stop this from happening immediately
  2. Advice related to account changes that could be suspicious
  3. IRS/tax related notices that relate to you qualifying for a refund due to an overpayment
  4. Payment requests for something that you never placed an order for
  5. Proof of identification requests
  6. Contact from the police is relation to crime you are believed to be linked to
  7. Malware detection notices

It is also important to recognise that there are alway new types of phishing email introduced by cybercriminals. Along with the usual phishing campaigns that feature fake invoices and resumes, missed deliveries, and fake account charge notifications are regularly used there are also topical current events-related lures. Recently there have been phishing campaigns linked to COVID-19, the TOkyo Olympics and Euro 2022.

The best way to tackle the most popular types of phishing attacks, along with topical attacks, is to configure an advanced spam filtering solution like SpamTitan. Using SpamTitan will put in place strong security that can prevent phishing and other malicious emails from allowing your databases and valuable information to be accessed by criminals. This is done thanks to the use of a wide variety of tools that include machine-learning to identify suspicious messages, sandboxing, dual antivirus engines, greylisting, and malicious link detection mechanisms. This solution blocks the receipt of malicious messages and, when used in tandem with cybersecurity training, can practically reduce the chance of your system being successfully attacked to zero. 

Contact the TitanHQ team now to discover more in relation to safeguarding your databases from phishing and spam attacks. There is a free trial available and you can request a product demonstration which will allow you to see how little investment is needed to secure your systemes from all possible phishing attacks.