Phishing

Email phishing scams that deceive users into sharing sensitive information with an attacker or installing malware on their devices are at the root of over 90% of all cyberattacks and data breaches.

What Is Email Phishing?

Phishing is a type of digital attack frequently carried out via email in which threat actors use either a spoofed email address or an account compromised in a previous attack to send malicious emails designed to trick users into falling for a scam. The motive behind a phishing campaign is typically to get people to reveal financial information, credentials or other sensitive data.

Phishing is a very popular method of attack because it is cheap, easy and effective. Phishing scams are virtually free for attackers to carry out, but carry great costs for their targets. Victims frequently end up with data loss, identity theft or malware infections - resulting in significant recovery costs and damaged reputations.

Anatomy of a Phishing Attack

Modern email phishing attacks come in many forms - from standard en masse campaigns to highly targeted spear phishing attacks to the notorious business email compromise (BEC) scam frequently used to steal large sums of money from companies and their customers. And phishing attacks are evolving daily to outsmart security defenses.

The majority of phishing attacks follow the same five phases:

Phase 1

Target

Acquire List

Phishers use a variety of sophisticated techniques to build target lists including harvesting email addresses stolen in data breaches or purchased on the Dark Web and leveraging consumer databases freely available on the Internet.

Phase 2

Deliver

Launch Attack

Attackers target the list they’ve acquired with stealthy campaigns that impersonate known and trusted entities, and employ identity deception techniques like domain spoofing and lookalike domains to appear legitimate.

Phase 3

Deceive

Create Urgency

Phishers often create a sense of urgency around their call-to-action to encourage recipients to act fast without stopping to think things through or carefully investigate the email they’ve received. This tactic is highly effective, and phishing emails have an open rate of over 30% on average.

Phase 4

Click

Elicit Response

Recipients take the bait and click phishing site links designed to impersonate legitimate login screens. Once credentials are submitted, it’s “game on” for the cybercriminals carrying out the scam.

Phase 5

Exploit

Reap Rewards

The threat actors are now able to log into the victim’s compromised account to steal money by conducting a fraudulent transfer or using a stolen credit card number. In addition to financial losses, phishing victims spend an average of 23 hours remediating the aftermath of an attack.

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