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BEC scam stories

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Cyber Signals report reveals spike in cybercriminal activity
Tue, 23rd May 2023
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Microsoft has released its fourth edition of Cyber Signals, highlighting a surge in cybercriminal activity around business email compromise (BEC).
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Proofpoint opens Australia data centres for data protection
Thu, 6th Apr 2023
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With this investment, Proofpoint customers in Australia are better equipped to comply with local data sovereignty regulations.
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Data breaches continue to rise - are decision makers doing enough?
Wed, 8th Mar 2023
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Less than 4 in 10 Australian IT decision makers are concerned about phishing as a risk to their organization, according to new research.
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How to avoid sending 'phishy' emails that could lose you customers
Fri, 3rd Aug 2018
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Some genuine emails can often look similar to scam emails, which can lead to damaged relationships between businesses and their customers.
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Email fraud attacks take fast and furious approach to their business targets
Tue, 22nd May 2018
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email security
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The top three email fraud subject lines included ‘request’, ‘payment’, and ‘urgent’.
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The way you write your emails could now stop BEC scams, thanks to AI
Wed, 18th Apr 2018
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email security
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The way people write their emails could be the new weapon that detects malicious email threats - and that’s exactly what Trend Micro is counting on.
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Cybercriminals likely to attempt GDPR extortion for greater ROI
Thu, 1st Mar 2018
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Trend Micro says cybercriminals are becoming more business-minded and are likely to target organisations that are trying to comply with GDPR.
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Report finds email is the go-to weapon in hackers’ arsenals
Thu, 5th Oct 2017
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email security
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Symantec has revealed malicious emails are on the rise, racking up over US$5 billion and costing businesses more than $115,000 a year.
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8 million malware detections in NZ so far, according to new report
Tue, 12th Sep 2017
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More than 8 million malware detections in New Zealand were recorded by Trend Micro in the first half of this year.
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Australia a hot target for BEC scams, malicious URLs and malware
Tue, 12th Sep 2017
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More than a quarter of all business email compromise (BEC) scams around the world target Australia, new research says.
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Impersonation attacks rise 400% as email security struggles to keep up
Mon, 12th Jun 2017
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20% of risky emails bypass security systems, according to Mimecast. Attacks like impersonation grew by 400% QoQ.
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Thursdays are the most dangerous days for our inboxes, Proofpoint finds
Thu, 8th Jun 2017
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Be especially wary of the dangers lurking in your inbox on Thursdays - because that's when malicious email attachments are likely to spike.
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Proofpoint highlights huge global surge in BEC scams
Mon, 27th Mar 2017
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BEC scams are becoming more prevalent and sophisticated, costing victims $3.1 billion worldwide, according to the FBI.
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APAC is now a 'honeypot' for cyber attacks as most targeted region in the world
Thu, 16th Mar 2017
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Trend Micro’s latest report says that Asia Pacific region was something of a giant honeypot for cyber attacks last year, beating all other regions.
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Trend Micro helps INTERPOL bring down notorious Nigerian cybercriminal
Tue, 2nd Aug 2016
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Trend Micro has helped INTERPOL catch the leader of a Nigerian cyber criminal ring, responsible for up to $60 million in losses from BEC scams.
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BEC scams targeting a business near you
Tue, 19th Jul 2016
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BEC scams are low-tech financial fraud in which hoax emails from CEOs are sent to financial staff to request transfers of large amounts of money.