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This evolving method by Cyber-Criminals continues to morph into different techniques, one of which being business email compromise (BEC) attacks. Pixabay

Cyber-Criminals are using enterprise-based development and deployment strategies, such as phishing as a service (PaaS), to leverage some of the worlds largest tech brands, with 42.63 per cent of domains observed targeting Microsoft, PayPal, DHL, and Dropbox, a report from Cloud delivery network provider Akamai Technologies said on Monday.

The report also revealed that phishing is no longer just an email-based threat, but has expanded to include social media and mobile devices, creating a wide-reaching problem that touches all industries.


This evolving method continues to morph into different techniques, one of which being business email compromise (BEC) attacks.

According to the FBI, BEC attacks resulted in worldwide losses of more than $12 billion between October 2013 and May 2018.

“Phishing is a long-term problem that we expect will have adversaries continuously going after consumers and businesses alike until personalized awareness training programs and layered defense techniques are put in place,” said Martin McKeay, Editorial Director of the State of the Internet/Security report for Akamai.

The report found that Cyber-Criminals are targeting top global brands and their users across various industries through highly-organized and sophisticated phishing kit operations.

During the research period, with 6,035 domains, and 120 kit variations, high technology was the top industry targeted by phishing.

Following that, financial services, with 3,658 domains and 83 kit variants, was the second most-targeted industry. E-Commerce (1,979 domains, 19 kit variants) and media (650 domains, 19 kit variants) rounded out the list. In all, more than 60 global brands were targeted during the reporting period.


Cyber-Criminals are using enterprise-based development and deployment strategies, such as phishing as a service (PaaS), to leverage some of the worlds largest tech brands, with 42.63 per cent of domains observed targeting Microsoft, PayPal, DHL, and Dropbox. Pixabay

According to the report, Microsoft, PayPal, DHL, and Dropbox were the top targeted brands when it came to phishing, with Microsoft taking up 21.88 per cent of total domains (3,897 domains and 62 kit variants), PayPal taking up 9.37 per cent of total domains (14 kit variants), DHL (7 kit variants) taking up 8.79 per cent of total domains and Dropbox having 2.59 per cent (11 kit variants) of total domains.

Sixty per cent of the phishing kits observed were active for 20-days or less during the reporting period, which is becoming more common among phishing attacks.

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This short lifespan is likely why criminals continue to develop new evasion methods to keep their kits undetected. (IANS)


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New Education Policy 2020

On the first day of the two-day meeting of BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders on Tuesday, discussions were held on important issues related to education and the National Education Policy-2020.

Apart from senior RSS leader Suresh Soni, representatives of various organisations associated with the Sangh Parivar -- working in the field of education -- were present in the meeting in New Delhi.

According to sources, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who attended the meeting on behalf of the government, shared information related to the National Education Policy-2020 and the government's policy on important issues related to the education sector. Pradhan also shared details of the efforts being made by the government in the field of education.

Discussions were also held regarding the impact of the situation arising out of Corona and how much it has affected the education sector.

In the meeting, the RSS leaders asked several questions and provided suggestions to the Union Minister regarding the education policy of the government.

According to the sources, RSS wants the policy to be implemented expeditiously. All aspects related to the policy were discussed in Tuesday's meeting.

On the second and the last day of the meeting on Wednesday, special issues related to education will be discussed in which representatives of various organisations of the Sangh, Union Ministers and several BJP leaders will be take part.

Meanwhile, in order to convey its point of view to the government on various issues, the Sangh keeps on calling such coordination meetings related to specific issues, in which RSS representatives -- working in that particular area -- provide feedback to the government. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: BJP, RSS, New Education Policy, Education, India


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