Make anti-phishing solutions ride shotgun in your company’s modus operandi

Make anti-phishing solutions ride shotgun in your company’s modus operandi

A person is always very particular and vigilant when it comes to his or her close one’s secrets. They try to protect it while keeping their lives on stake. This is because they understand the sensitivity and tenderness of the secret and the chaos it can create if they beans get spilled. The same situation works for a company as well. The business owner or the core workers know they sweat and blood they had to invest to make they the company stand at the position it stands today. Therefore, it becomes their utmost priority to safeguard not only the company’s sensitive data but also the reputation and trust the employees and customers lay in it.

The company holds a lot of important matters with it which includes the data, finance, intellectual and intangible property. The security of these elements is as important as the assets itself. When these elements get into the hands of attackers, it can land the company into problems with irreversible consequences. Therefore along with proper awareness among the employers and employees, effective solutions are equally vital. With the advancement of technology and a detailed analysis of the pattern of the attacks by phishers, a number of solutions are now available which can help the company in the long run.

Need for anti-phishing solutions

The need for any solution or service can be best understood by the urgency of its use. Starting with the statistics, in 2018 alone around 880 million phishing e-mails and messages were detected around the globe.

Phishing e-mails disguise themselves as if they are from familiar websites or companies. The e-mails are usually sent in bulk which is a time and cost-efficient method of catching prey. They add attachments or links which contain malware and ransomware making them very dangerous even if a victim clicks on it. Although the phishers have now specialized and upgraded their game, where they attack their victims by creating personalized e-mails for them, which increases the success rate of them falling for it.

The scariest and worrisome part of a phishing attack is that if the attacker gets access to your data, it will months before you could even detect the breach. Even after you detect the breach, it will take you months to contain and get back on its feet to control the damage. This gives the phishers straight-eight months of a headstart to continue with their malicious venture. These reasons add up as to why every company is under the radar of the phishers and how important are these anti-phishing solutions.

How do anti-phishing solutions work?

  • Scans the incoming e-mails- The most important feature of an anti-phishing solution is to scan the e-mails. This is because most phishers make their way into your device through the malicious e-mails they send you. When you click these links or attachments the malware infects your device. However, when you install anti-phishing solutions to your system, the software intercepts the e-mails and lets you know whether or not the e-mail is safe to go ahead with.
  • Processes smart quarantine- You might be wondering what if your important e-mails are marked as spam or get blocked and never reaches you. However, the anti-phishing solutions provide you with smart quarantine which means it will never mess up with your important e-mails or mark it as junk.
  • Real-time blocking of malicious URLs and links- No matter how aware or experience you are with surfing the internet, one misclick is enough to infect your whole network. Therefore, installing a proper anti-phishing solution will stop you in the first place from loading into malicious webpages or clicking on the links. So now you can safely surf the internet and without worrying about malicious webpages or links.
  • Protects all the devices other than a computer- While a number of excellent solutions are available for protecting your computer; there is a lack of cybersecurity options for your mobile phones. As more and more people prefer using their phones for carrying out most of their activities, having proper security options for your phone is equally important. Anti-phishing solutions come as a good tiding as it includes multiple software for protection of your mobile phone and similar devices as well.
  • Prevention from spoofing- If your website earns a lot of traffic or is gaining popularity, you may be a possible target of phishers. They spoof your website and misuse it under your name. Phishers these days also use a number of spoofing e-mails that you might receive. In such cases, anti-phishing solutions sniff out any incoming spoofed e-mail or help in detecting spoofed websites; decreasing truckload of the responsibility off you.

Some final thoughts

It is an important step for all companies to educate and create awareness among the employer and employees regarding the prevalence of phishing attacks and all the possible techniques used by them to phish their victims. It is equally important for them to provide insights as to how these attacks can affect the company in multiple ways. Having said that, the implementation of only security awareness training is not enough for providing all-round security for the company. Every company must install software which can ensure that any kind of phishing attack can be prevented both at the internal and external level; which gets us to the conclusion that anti-phishing solutions are a must in every company or individual’s modus operandi.

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Emotet malware being presented to people this Christmas, through Greta Thunberg themed Phishing emails

A global spam email scheme has been discovered which is using Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg themed emails to lure users.

Spam consists of a single message that attempts to deliver the well-known malware Emotet

Emotet was discovered back in 2014 as a banking Trojan aimed at stealing financial data. It has now  gone through several iterations and has emerged as one of the most destructive malware aimed at the financial domain.

A recent research discovered this widespread campaign using Greta Thunberg’s name to lure users into downloading Emotet malware.

The email consists of the subject line “Support Greta Thunberg” which invites the recipient to join the protest against the government raising concern against the threat of climate change.

Details regarding the fake protest are included in a file attached to the email. When opened, the file will install Emotet malware onto the recipient’s device.

Image showing an example how the phishing email may look like
Image showing an example how the phishing email may look like

Users should be able to view the malware file in the outdated .doc format for Microsoft Word. The email itself contains multiple spelling and grammatical errors, something anyone would not anticipate from the newly crowned Time Person of the Year 2019.

This campaign is targeting people around the globe with the most targeted victims in Japan, Germany, Italy, UAE, Australia, and the UK. Recipients are also told to forward and promote the malicious email to their good wishers, meaning the campaign has rapidly spread across the world.

This malicious campaign suggests that attackers don’t hesitate to use the face of even famous entities with good intentions. They tend to exploit the factor of public awareness and interest cleverly.

Better to be prepared for such attacks before hand. Train your organizations, friends, family because humans are the last line of defence after a phish bypasses the other technologies. Checkout our Phishing simulation and training solution PhishGrid.

To know more about How to identify a phishing email, read some useful insight here.

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How to Identify a Phishing Email?

Phishing is the malicious way to deceive and take advantage of users using different mediums. Phishing attacks are targeted at stealing important, confidential information such as usernames, passwords, credit card information, network token, and more.

Both individuals and organizations are at risk. Virtually any kind of private or corporate information can be targeted, whether for company secrets or access an organization’s network. According to Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Report, 32% of all cyber attacks involved phishing.

Also, Intel Security in a survey found that 97% of people can’t identify phishing email.

Don’t worry though, there are ways and means to protect yourself. You just need to know what you’re browsing and be vigilant. Below are the things you should examine:

Phishing Emails tend to have the following attributes

  • Unofficial “From” address: Look out for a sender’s email address that is similar to, but not the same as, a company’s official email address. Fraudsters often sign up for free email accounts with company names.
  • Urgent action required: Fraudsters often include urgent “calls to action” to try to get you to react immediately. Be wary of emails containing phrases like “Your account subscription is about to expire,” “your account has been compromised,” or “urgent action required.”

    The fraudster is taking advantage of your concern to trick you into providing confidential information.
  •  Generic greeting: Fraudsters often send thousands of phishing emails at one time. They may have your email address, but they seldom have your name. Be skeptical of an email sent with a generic greeting such as “Dear Customer” or “Dear Member”.
  • Fake links: Often, the URL link within a Phishing email will not be displayed. The Link will be displayed with a “Click Here” or similar text, which does not display the URL link.
Image taken from Malware-Traffic-Analysis
  • Typo URL’s: Some Phishing Web Sites contain Domain Names which have been registered specifically for the purpose of tricking users into believing they are at the legitimate Internet Banking Web Site. The domain name and URL will look very similar to the genuine URL, but will contain subtle differences such as they deliberately miss a letter within the URL which users would not notice without careful examination. 

    Extra letters or dashes may also be added to the URL to make it appear genuine. If a URL appears as though it may be genuine, it must be carefully compared to the legitimate URL.
Image taken from Malware-Traffic-Analysis

DMARC+ can be used to prevent such type of events in an organization. Check out our blog on DMARC to know more about it.

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What is Phishing? How this attack works and prevention against them?

Phishing is one of the most dangerous threats to organisations. The sender of a phishing mail pretends to be a trusted person or a system in order to steal valuable information.

Including personal identity data and credentials. A phisher uses both social engineering and computer technologies in order to steal valuable information.

If users take the bait and click the link, they’re sent to an imitation of a legitimate website. From here, they’re asked to log in with their username and password credentials. If they are gullible enough to comply, the sign-on information goes to the attacker, who uses it to steal identities, pilfer bank accounts, and sell personal information on the black market.

Phishing attack process

Phishing attack is carried out in 6 steps:

  1. Attacker obtains email addresses of their possible victims which he can send mail for several approaches.
  2. Attacker generates a phished page that seems like exactly equal as legal website.
  3. Phisher then ships mails having the hyperlink of a phished page to their scope of  victims.
  4. Victim after receiving and analyzing the email and follow to the fake link for some personal gain or advantage.
  5. There he fills / enters his credentials and submits them.
  6. Attacker then thieve the private records and carry out their fraud including transferring cash from the victims account.
Infographic showing process of a phishing attack
Phishing attack process

Prevention against phishing

An anti-phishing service is a technological service that helps prevent unauthorized access to secure and sensitive information. Anti-phishing services protect various types of data in diverse ways across a variety of platforms.

An anti-phishing service addresses a specific type of attempt to obtain personal or other sensitive information. Anti-phishing services provide anti phishing tools to help users recognize phishing and stealing of data. TIKAJ provides anti phishing solution, from monitoring & detection of phishing incidents, through to the site take-down incident response and resolution of an incident.

Several anti-phishing solutions provided are:

  • MONITORING SPAMS: Spam is unsolicited email sent in bulk to unsuspecting users for commercial or malicious purposes. Monitoring spam and inbound communications are critical to good security practices.
  • SOURCE CODE PROTECTION: Source code protection is important because if the code would be modified by malicious external attackers, secret backdoors may be added which can be catastrophic.
  • MONITORING MALICIOUS WEBSITES: A malicious website is a site that attempts to install malware for anything that will disrupt computer operation, gather your personal information or, in a worst-case scenario, gain total access to your machine onto your device. Our automated systems scan known directories and standard directory structures, searching for hits on standard phishing filenames.

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Make anti-phishing solutions ride shotgun in your company’s modus operandi

Reason to invest in Anti-Phishing Solutions

Phishing is an attempt to obtain a company’s confidential data by acting as a trusted authority via messages, messengers, or any other means of communication. Phishing was the third most common type of scam reported by victims, according to the FBI’s 2017 Internet Crime Report.

Reason to invest in Anti Phishing Services:

  1. Cost-Effective for Organization

    Investing money on phishing countermeasures such as anti-phishing services is better than losing money through cyber-attacks. Anti-phishing services will save you from severe financial losses and in the future, it will pay off.

  2. Secure Brand Reputation

    Anti-phishing solutions save your organization’s brand name from fraud techniques that exploit the reputation of a brand. Attackers typically misuse brand names by charging customer payments in return for fake service delivery promises.

  3. Security of Confidential Corporate information

    Not only do phishers aim at the credentials of the business, they even try to exploit corporate secrets. Anti-phishing technology helps prevent disclosure or abuse of your company’s confidential information.

  4. Protecting Customers

    Nothing can beat phishers when it comes to impersonating and tricking people to steal their information. Phishing attacks will threaten clients and misguide them in the name of the company to gain their financial information.

  5. Less chances of Human error

    Anti-phishing approaches focus primarily on training employees and helping them prevent any kind of errors.

  6. Phishing is the axis of assault for all hackers

    Phishing is by far the most exploited vector of attack, or technique, through which hackers get their targets to do bad things inadvertently.
    For example: Stealing Credentials, Duping workers for payments that are illegal, Deploy spyware or malware, Stealing information from PII or PHI.

Start new year with additional security in your organization. TIKAJ provides comprehensive Anti-Phishing Solutions that helps combat against Phishing with in detail insights and service.

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How to Identify a phishing website?

Protecting yourself from harmful threats online like phishing website is a constant battle in this day and age. Security researchers and media outlets have a nearly never-ending list of topics and incidents to cover that acknowledges that we’re not safe online.

In 2016 Q4 alone, phishing attacks have increased by a staggering 500%, claimed by a report by proofpoint.

GreatHorn’s 2017 Spear Phishing Report revealed that 91% of cooperate related phishing attacks are display name spoofs, adding that on average they receive one dangerous message per day. It is expected to be inclined in upcoming years. But with few tricks one can identify phishing websites. Here are the top tips to follow while browsing suspicious website:

  1. Check the URL

    The first step is to hover the cursor over the URL you received from mail to test the authenticity of your web address. 

    You can look for a padlock symbol in the address bar to verify that the URL begins with ” https:/” or ‘ http:/.  The only difference is that “https:/” means that the web address has been encrypted and protected with an SSL certificate.

    You should also give attention to:
    – The base domain of the website
    – The full URL of the website
    – The website registration details (web site owner & date registered)

  2. Analyse Website Content

    When attacker is trying to forge an official website, there are certain things it would miss like:
    – The site will look little offset
    – Spelling Mistakes
    – Grammatical
    – Low resolution images

    In an official website feel is very standard, sites is made with details in mind on the other side phishing website will miss some of the factors. This gives a big red flag that it is a phishing website.

  3. Payment Methods

    An official website will always accept online transactions via different platforms and certain debit cards are accepted. If the mode of payment is only via bank without any more details it should be flagged as it might be a phishing website.

  4. Research

    If anyone is feeling suspicious about any website , they should start with looking at the website directly. Also consider looking at the website’s WHOIS information. It lets you check who is the owner of the website and other valuable details which can help you distinguish between an official and phishing website.

  5. Contact Us Page

    Contact us page is very essential for any service. In an official website contact us page will contain ample amount of information like postal address, contact number, helpdesk or contact email address and social media channels. If none of them are present, the site can be phishing and should be treated as highly suspicious.

Short Case Study

Below is a snapshot of a phishing page targeting Metrobank of philippines. It’s received by their customers for updating their password. If looked carefully the following things can be seen clearly:

  • Page is hosted on http and not https.
  • URL seems legit.
  • Page looks a little offset.

When analyzed further:

  • It had no home page,no contact information page.
  • This was the only page hosted on the domain.
  • The links on the phishing page are disabled.

These types are cases are very much common and it is tough to tackle this problem without a proper strategic plan. Use TIKAJ’s Anti-Phishing solutions to intercept and minimize phishing problem in your environment.