Common In The Wild Attacks
Common In The Wild Attacks
  • Microsoft: Abnormal log in activity on Microsoft account
  • Chase: Stimulus Funds
  • HR: Company Policy Notification: COVID-19 – Test & Trace Guidelines
  • Zoom: Restriction Notice Alert
  • Jira: [JIRA] A task was assigned to you
  • HR: Vacation Policy Update
  • Ring: Karen has shared a Ring Video with you
  • Workplace: [[company_name]] invited you to use Workplace
  • IT: ATTENTION: Security Violation
  • Earn money working from home

An “in-the-wild attack” refers to a cybersecurity incident or malicious activity that occurs in real-world environments, outside controlled or simulated settings. In this context, “in the wild” means the attack is actively deployed or executed in live networks, systems, or applications that are used by individuals, organizations, or the general public. These attacks are not confined to laboratories or controlled testing environments but rather occur in the natural, unregulated landscape of the internet or other networked systems.

In-the-wild attacks are significant because they represent actual threats faced by users, businesses, and systems in everyday scenarios. They are a reflection of the evolving tactics employed by cybercriminals to exploit vulnerabilities and compromise security measures. Studying and understanding in-the-wild attacks is crucial for cybersecurity professionals and researchers to develop effective countermeasures, enhance security protocols, and stay ahead of emerging threats in the constantly evolving digital landscape.

Key Takeaway

Here again we see subjects related to the Coronavirus and working from home. Cybercriminals are preying on heightened stress, distraction, urgency, curiosity, and fear in users. These types of attacks are effective because they cause a person to react before thinking logically about the legitimacy of the email.

As high as 30% of untrained staff have proven to fall prey to these phishing emails in our security awareness audits.

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