Educational Technology

October 26, 2018

Two-Thirds of Phishing Emails in Ed Use ‘Attached Invoice’ Ploy

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:34 am

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
The most common form of phishing email in education tends to include an attached invoice; 66 percent of hacker attempts use the attached invoice ploy to get unwary recipients to click on an infected link; another 28 percent use a payment notification scheme; and 6 percent try online order tricks.  The findings were shared by digital security vendor Cofense, in its “State of Phishing Defense 2018” report. The company provides online services to organizations that automates response to suspicious emails and also helps them condition their employees to recognize and report phishing. (In other words, the company facilitates employers sending fake emails to test how savvy their workforce is.) For the report, Cofense used data gathered through the experiences of 1,400 clients in 23 industries around the world covering real attack attempts correlated with customer simulation data.

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