October 10, 2012
Spear Phishing Remains Most Difficult Attack to Defend Against
Spear-phishers, like the ones that compromised a White House network last week, are implementing new evasion tactics, fundamentally changing their attack strategies, and revolutionizing the targeted threat model. One of the newer attack strategies is the relatively recent ‘watering hole’ technique, but the changes also include an increased focus on victim behavior, and the adoption of successful tactics used by other factions of the cybercriminal world, specifically scareware and ransomware.
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Spear Phishing Remains Most Difficult Attack to Defend Against

Spear-phishers, like the ones that compromised a White House network last week, are implementing new evasion tactics, fundamentally changing their attack strategies, and revolutionizing the targeted threat model. One of the newer attack strategies is the relatively recent ‘watering hole’ technique, but the changes also include an increased focus on victim behavior, and the adoption of successful tactics used by other factions of the cybercriminal world, specifically scareware and ransomware.

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