The secret behind Chinese hacking has been revealed by ThreatConnect. CNN Money reports: The hackers' techniques don't sound very sophisticated: They send innocent-looking emails to unsuspecting recipients, whose computers then get infected with malware that trawls for sensitive information. This graphic from ThreatConnect shows the key role played by spearphishing. Source: ThreatConnect This simple technique is devastatingly effective because it is easy to create an email that deceives users into taking the actions desired by the attackers. In its September 24, 2015 first page story, "Sleuths Link Hacker to China’s Military," the Wall Street Journal describes how a spearphishing email [...]
ICONIX, Inc., the industry leader in visual email solutions, announced on September 15, 2015, that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued Iconix's seventh patent titled "User interface for email inbox to call attention differently to different classes of email." The abstract for U.S. Patent 9,137,048, dated September 15, 2015, states: "Sender emails have their Truemarks (icons) displayed in the sender column of a list view” and “fraudulent emails have a fraud icon displayed with a warning in the sender column.” Technology from this patent is used in all of the Iconix® offerings, including the Iconix Truemark® service, which [...]
On September 8, 2015, Admiral Mike Rogers, NSA Director and Commanding Office of US Cybercommand, conducted a briefing at the Wilson Center. During that briefing he was asked about the recent breach of the Joint Staff by a spearphishing attack. You can view the entire event at the Wilson Center website.