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What You Need to Know This National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Like any industry, cybercrime is continually evolving. New trends emerge, and new threats pop up all the time. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, making this the perfect time to review and refresh your cybersecurity knowledge.

Here are four things you need to know right now:

 

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That Mortgage Document Email May Be Phishing

Like any industry, cybercrime has fads and trends. A recent trend in phishing attacks is especially dangerous for companies in the real estate sector and anyone in the process of buying real estate: phishing emails that look like mortgage documents.

These typically look like emails about closing documents with a link to a fraudulent website intended to steal your login credentials.

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Can you spot a phishing attack? [Quiz]

One of the biggest misconceptions we still run into with companies when it comes to cybersecurity is around phishing. A lot of people think only naive or stupid people fall for phishing attacks. That's just not true.

Cybercriminals have come a long way, and phishing attacks are harder than ever to spot. Follow the link below to test your knowledge about phishing and see if you can spot an attack.

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Why CEO Impersonation Attacks are So Hard for Spam Filters to Catch

 

CEO Impersonation attacks, including wire fraud attacks, have become a favorite for cybercriminals because of the potential of a huge payday. A successful attack usually means tricking the victims out of thousands of dollars—we’ve seen up to $100,000 taken. And they’re almost impossible for even the best email filters to catch.

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Why the Real Estate Industry is a Prime Target for Cybercriminals

In 2017, nearly $1 billion was “diverted or attempted to be diverted” from real estate transactions by cybercriminals. Real Estate is one of the top industries targeted by cybercriminals for both phishing attacks and malware attacks, according to the Symantec 2018 Internet Threat Report.

So why is the Real Estate industry such a big target for cybercriminals? Because it’s an easy target with a potentially big payday. So many things that would be a red flag for other industries are day-to-day operations in real estate.

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Watch Out for These W2 Phishing Emails

Tax season is starting, and along with it come the tax-related phishing emails. We’ve already started seeing emails this year that look like W2 notifications. Be on the lookout for these, and other tax-related scams.

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Watch Out for These "Secure Email" Phishing Emails

We typically stick to writing about phishing emails and attacks aimed at businesses, but a recent trend has us making an exception. We’ve seen a HUGE uptick recently in a type of phishing emails targeted at individuals: emails posing as an encrypted email notification. Sometimes, these are pretty generic. Sometimes, they’re much more detailed and look like emails about mortgages or title loans.

The scariest part of this trend? These are convincing – some of the most convincing we’ve ever seen. Most have had very few warning signs that they’re a phishing email.

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