BitDam Unveils New Phishing Trends in September 2020

BitDam Unveils New Phishing Trends in September 2020

BitDam recently released the latest of its ongoing monthly series outlining new phishing trends. This month, it outlined the new phishing trends for September 2020, which highlighted the popularity of the Microsoft brand as a phishing target. 

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BitDam defines its mission as aiming to secure enterprise communications across all collaboration tools. As part of this mission, BitDam works to protect businesses from advanced threats hidden in files and links regardless of the threat type and delivery method. Therefore, it also works to prevent phishing, ransomware, or other malware. 

Among the detected new phishing trends in September 2020, BitDam recorded significant growth in the number of phishing attacks that utilized an html attachment instead of a link; often, these attacks resemble Adobe webpages. While this attack did occur previously, they didn’t occur at the observed scale. 

Additionally, almost 20 personated of the phishing attacks detected by BitDam in September 2020 impersonated Microsoft, representing a slight increase over August. Moreover, the vendor noticed a significant increase in phishing attacks using a CAPTCHA defender to bypass security tools. Worryingly, these attacks can often bypass Secure Email Gateway (SEG) solutions and even Advanced Threat Protection products.

Liron Barak, CEO of BitDam, shared a statement with the new trends. “Phishing attacks continued to rise and that was certainly not surprising. What was unique in September is that some previously identified low-level attacks grew exponentially in their prevalence.”

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Ben Canner

Ben Canner is an enterprise technology writer and analyst covering Identity Management, SIEM, Endpoint Protection, and Cybersecurity writ large. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He previously worked as a corporate blogger and ghost writer. You can reach him via Twitter and LinkedIn.
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