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Ransomware

Three Keys to Avoiding Phishing Emails and Ransomware Attacks

Posted by Gretel Egan on May 19, 2017 8:18:00 AM

If the past few weeks are any indication, consumers and businesses are under full-scale cyberattack. The early May “Google Docs” phishing attacks reportedly affected approximately one million Gmail users and more than 3,000 organizations. And last week’s WannaCry ransomware attack spread like wildfire to ultimately affect more than 200,000 systems around the globe, including healthcare, transportation, banking, telecom, and government networks. Though the WannaCry outbreak appears to have relied less on phishing emails than prior larger-scale ransomware attacks, both this and the Google scam heavily depended on human error to propagate.

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Q4 Phishing Report Shows Mixed Bag of Trends, a Need for Diverse Training

Posted by Gretel Egan on Apr 7, 2017 9:22:32 AM

Though the Anti-Phishing Working Group’s (APWG’s) headline statement in its Q4 Phishing Activity Trends Report was about the record-shattering number of reported phishing attacks during 2016, there were also some interesting downward trends noted in the data.

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Lack of Security Awareness Playing a Key Role in Ransomware Attacks

Posted by Gretel Egan on Mar 17, 2017 12:20:04 PM

The CyberEdge Group released its fourth annual Cyberthreat Defense Report earlier this month, and it should come as no surprise that ransomware was a central topic of the study. It should also come as no surprise that the news isn’t very good.

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Ransomware Roundup: February 2017

Posted by Kym Harper on Feb 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Our newest segment brings you the latest in ransomware statistics and attacks from the wild.

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Put Less Emphasis on Phishing Trends, More Emphasis on Managing Risk

Posted by Gretel Egan on Jan 25, 2017 10:46:05 AM

As we indicated in our recent 2017 State of the Phish Report summary, we noticed some positive trends with regard to the reported volume of phishing attacks, and these trends coincided with the numbers noted in the Anti-Phishing Working Group’s Phishing Trends Report, 3rd Quarter 2016, which was released in late December. The APWG headlined its report summary with “Record Wave of Phishing Comes to an Ebb in Autumn 2016” and noted several key comparison metrics:

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