Email Account Takeover Specialized Economy Emerges
July 24, 2020
findings about the ways cybercriminals are attacking and exploiting email
accounts has been revealed. A report, titled Spear Phishing: Top Threats and
Trends Vol. 4 - Insights into attacker activity in compromised email accounts,
details a specialized economy emerging around email account takeover and takes
an in-depth look at the threats organizations face and the types of defense
strategies you need to have in place.
Barracuda’s research found fresh insights into these widespread and dangerous
attacks, how cybercriminals behave in compromised accounts, and how that should
inform your organization’s defense strategies. Highlights from the report
20% of compromised accounts appear in at least one online password data breach, which suggests that cybercriminals are exploiting credential reuse across employees’ personal and organization accounts.
In 31% of these compromises one set of attackers focuses on compromising accounts and then sells account access to another set of cybercriminals who focus on monetizing the hijacked accounts.
78% of attackers did not access any applications outside of email.