Weekly SEA

It Begins with: ‘I Know You Cheated on Your Wife’
Comment: Some phishing campaigns include emails with salacious and sensational subject lines designed to elicit emotional reactions from recipients and convince them to click on an embedded link, open an attachment, or pay an extortion fee. In this particular scheme, hackers claim to have evidence that the recipient has had a marital affair and threaten to release the information to the recipient’s spouse, family, and friends if specific financial demands are not met. However, there is no evidence to suggest that there is any validity to their claims and recipients of these types of emails are encouraged to delete them without taking any further action.

Study Shows which Phishing Attacks Most Successful 
Comment: A study conducted by KnowBe4 found that some of the most successful phishing campaigns included subject lines referencing delivery attempts, UPS tracking numbers, required password updates, and notifications related to unusual sign-in activity. Users must be especially wary of messages that include any of these topics in the subject line and should refrain from using links provided in unsolicited emails to visit websites requiring the input of personal information or account credentials.