The pandemic has seen malicious actors ramp up their phishing campaigns in multi-pronged attacks. Hitting companies struggling to adapt to changing business conditions with a wave of malicious messages, threat operators are simultaneously taking advantage of the confusing times to strike at people working from home.

Even now as many companies have adapted to flexible working out of the office and new communication methods, phishing campaigns are aiming their attacks at businesses across the world using a wide range of constantly evolving strategies. In the following sections, we’ll look at some of the most devious attack vectors being used by today’s hackers to hit firms.

The aim of the game

Phishing attacks on enterprises are designed to make intended victims take a specific course of action that will have a negative impact on the firm they work for. This may be simply to disclose confidential company information or to trick them into sending funds, entice them to click on a malicious link or download malware to their enterprise device. These two tactics are typically employed to gain access to a company’s network either through the implanting of trojan viruses or credential-stealing attempts that allow penetration of sensitive systems.

Short but not so sweet

While phishing messages can be long-winded and full of details to convince victims that they are from a verified source, always look out for brief emails too. Spoofed messages sent from what appears to be a trusted colleague that simply say “here’s that file you asked for” can be devastating when a malicious attachment is downloaded in haste.

Emergency matters

Beware of emails that state you have done something wrong or that something terrible is going to happen if you don’t act immediately. This is a common tactic in phishing to scare victims into acting rashly. Ask yourself this – if an issue really demanded urgent attention, is email the fastest form of communication available when a quick call can sort problems out in seconds?

Personal requests

Requests for personal or financial details over email are a clear indicator you’re reading phishing content. Neither government agencies, nor organisations operating in the financial sector, will ever require such details from you over email, so never supply them. Likewise, avoid following links contained in emails to visit any indicated websites, and always type the address into your secure browser when asked to update any information requested.

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