Experts On Oil And Gas Targeted In Spear-Phishing Campaign

The espionage hackers masquerading as a well-known Egyptian engineering contractor or a shipment company launched a sophisticated spear-phishing campaign targeting US-based oil and gas companies. What makes this particularly eye catching is the lack of typos, broken grammar and other sloppiness that are typical of phishing emails.

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Josh Smith
Josh Smith , Security Analyst
InfoSec Expert
April 22, 2020 2:19 pm

Malicious attackers are not above capitalizing on the coronavirus pandemic because the pandemic provides cybercriminals with the perfect pretext for their phishing emails. The targeting of US oil and gas companies should not come as a surprise, but rather a warning to other organizations. Phishing is a dangerous tactic and is widely used because of how easy it is for attackers to rinse and repeat and it works time after time. All industries, especially those hit the hardest by the economic impact of the pandemic, should be overly cautious about any email that lands in their inbox.

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