It should not come as a surprise that company executives (particularly the CEO and President) and other revered high-level employees get to be impersonated often for criminal reasons. How can you say no when it’s the CEO asking? How can you not comply when it’s already the President specifically requesting? Gone are the days of the telltale signs of an email scam: glaring grammatical errors and outlandish stories about lottery winnings or royalty riches. Today, Business Email Compromise (BEC) scammers use this regard of authority to target internal employees who may deal with and handle the finance of the company: the Chief Financial Officers (CFOs).Read More
Threat Research Manager
There’s a reason why the FBI estimates that the average loss caused by Business Email Compromise (BEC) to be $130,000 per company. Employees are not familiar with current social engineering strategies, and the network setup is not equipped enough to keep the threat from getting in the network. And this same situation is clearly depicted in an ongoing BEC campaign targeting companies in the US, Middle East, and Asia.
The attack, which has been traced back to Lagos and Kuala Lumpur, targets companies from several industries such as real estate, manufacturing, and construction.Read More
In May 2014, an accountant to a Texas manufacturing firm received an email from a familiar correspondent, his company’s CEO. The email instructed him to wait for a call from a partner company and warned against sharing the email to anyone else for fear of regulation backlash. The company ended up losing US$ 480,000 to wire fraudsters who used the potent and very costly business email compromise (BEC) scam or CEO fraud. The firm is now suing its cyber insurer for not covering the loss.Read More
DRIDEX is steadily regaining its footing in the US just over a month after its takedown orchestrated by US and UK law enforcement agencies. Taking down servers is a significant step in crippling botnets, but unless all infrastructure are destroyed and all threat actors are caught, threats like DRIDEX are bound to resurface. As such, it…Read More