Thirty-three percent of public firms around the world were found to be unprepared for new bulk email sending requirements by Google and Yahoo mandating the use of Domain-based Message Authentication Reporting and Conformance technology for the delivery of over 5,000 emails by February as evidenced by their lack of a DMARC record, reports SiliconAngle.
Japan and South Korea accounted for the highest percentage of publicly listed companies without DMARC records, a report from Red Sift revealed. Meanwhile, complete compliance with DMARC requirements could be achieved by only 40% of enterprises around the world, with those in the U.S. significantly more likely to do so than those in South Korea.
"...[W]e foresee these requirements from Google and Yahoo to be just the first step in ensuring that domains are fully authenticated. We foresee DMARC enforcement being the next logical step to the February 2024 requirements as those that meet the new requirements are essentially ready for DMARC enforcement," wrote researchers.
New variants of the QBot malware, also known as Qakbot, have emerged since mid-December despite having been disrupted in August, suggesting continuous testing by the malware developer, BleepingComputer reports.
More than $10 billion in fraud-related losses were reported by U.S. consumers for the first time in 2023, representing a 14% growth over 2022, even though the number of individuals who reported being targeted by fraud held steady at over 2.6 million, BleepingComputer reports.
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