Rise in HTTPS Phishing Websites Detected
Dec07

Rise in HTTPS Phishing Websites Detected

The past few years have seen many businesses transition from HTTP to HTTPS websites, but HTTPS phishing websites have similarly increased. A green padlock next to the URL indicates the website is secure and traffic between the browser and website is encrypted, but it does not mean the website is legitimate. All HTTPS means is the connection between the user and the website is secure and any data transferred between the two cannot be intercepted and read.  A survey conducted by PhishLabs last month suggested 80% of consumers believe that if a website has a green padlock and starts with HTTPS it is secure and/or legitimate. PhishLabs also notes that cybercriminals are embracing HTTPS. A recent PhishLabs report showed HTTPS phishing websites are increasing faster than legitimate HTTPS...

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IronScales Raises $6.5 Million in Series A Funding
Dec06

IronScales Raises $6.5 Million in Series A Funding

Tel Aviv-based anti-phishing company IronScales has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding, bringing total equity funding to more than $8 million. IronScales has enjoyed continued double-digit growth over the past three years and has invested heavily in its threat detection, incident response, and threat intelligence sharing technologies. The company has recently been rated as one of the top ten companies to watch by Momentum Partners and is currently expanding its operations and boosting global sales of its anti-phishing solutions. The latest funding round will help to fuel that expansion further. The latest funding round was led by K1 Investment Management LLC, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles. Elron Electronic Industries Ltd., and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., also...

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DMARC Adoption Study Reveals Healthcare Industry Lags Behind Other Industry Sectors
Dec03

DMARC Adoption Study Reveals Healthcare Industry Lags Behind Other Industry Sectors

A recent DMARC adoption study by Agari has revealed the healthcare industry lags behind most other industry sectors on email authentication. Most of the top healthcare firms in the United States are failing to protect their customers and partners from phishing threats. Domain-based message authentication, reporting and conformance (DMARC) protects domains and stops domain abuse by phishers. While DMARC is highly effective at authenticating messages and preventing spoofing, 98% of top healthcare operators have not yet implemented DMARC. In the UK, virtually none of the domains used by NHS Trusts are protected by DMARC, leaving them exposed to phishing attacks. 99% of NHS Trust domains are not protected by DMARC. For the study, Agari analyzed domains used by 549 large healthcare and...

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Most Successful Phishing Scams Revealed by PhishMe
Dec02

Most Successful Phishing Scams Revealed by PhishMe

What are the most successful phishing scams? Warnings about undelivered parcels? Security alerts that require users’ immediate attention? Documents that has been shared by contacts? According to a recent analysis by anti-phishing solution provider PhishMe, the most successful phishing scams, which have almost a 20% success rate, involve the use of entertainment-based triggers to get users to take the desired action. For its analysis, the PhishMe team analyzed the results of more than 52 million phishing simulation exercises conducted using PhishMe Simulator – The company’s phishing simulation platform. The platform allows organizations to conduct simulated phishing campaigns to test the effectiveness of their security awareness training programs, to give employees practice at identifying...

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PhishMe and Wombat Security Technologies Settle Patent Dispute
Dec01

PhishMe and Wombat Security Technologies Settle Patent Dispute

The long running legal dispute between PhishMe and Wombat Security Technologies over alleged patent infringements has now been resolved. PhishMe had filed multiple complaints against Wombat Security Technologies over alleged patent infringements due to the similarities between the latter’s technology and those developed and protected by patents held by PhishMe. Litigation was taking place in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and proceedings were pending at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. PhishMe is a major innovator in the field of phishing threat management, and in 2016, held more than a dozen patents for its proprietary anti-phishing technology. Those patents cover PhishMe Reporter, benchmarking results, sequential phishing messages, and...

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