VentureBeat reports that the U.S. was the leading target of phishing attacks worldwide during the third quarter of 2021, as phishing attacks aimed at the country rose by 43% between the second and third quarters. The U.S. was also the primary hosting country for such attacks, according to a report from Outseer.
"This is largely attributable to a handful of large-scale hosting authorities, whose sheer scale can make it easier for fraudulent activity to go undetected," said the report.
Outseer added that brand abuse attacks involving threat actors spoofing legitimate companies to exfiltrate sensitive data have been spreading much faster than phishing attacks.
"Whether it's phishing or brand abuse, training employees to resist these kinds of attacks is a good start, but is not enough. Humans are inherently fallible, and even the savviest employee can fall victim to a well-engineered scam. For that reason, enterprises need a tech solution to catch the mistakes people make," said Outseer Chief Identity Officer Armen Najarian.
Thousands of organizations across the U.S. have been targeted by a new phishing campaign deploying the Bumblebee malware, which was last observed in the wild in September, according to BleepingComputer.
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