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Scammers Access 50% of Compromised Accounts Within 12 Hours According to New Research
Email Security Company Agari Identifies How Cybercriminals Use Compromised Accounts with New Insight Into Credential Phishing Scams
The Agari Cyber Intelligence Division (ACID) (https://acid.agari.com/)
Specific stats uncovered in the extensive research include:
"Business email compromise or BEC remains the most prevalent threat in email security, and when cybercriminals gain access to legitimate email accounts, the problem is magnified," states Patrick Peterson, founder of Agari and executive strategy director at HelpSystems. "This research provides key insights into how cybercriminals use these accounts, and underscores the importance of securing your email environment against credential phishing attacks from the beginning."
In one instance, a threat actor used their compromised account to upload two financial documents to the associated OneDrive account—a rental balance sheet and wire instructions for their bank account. Based on the content of these documents, it's likely that they were intended to be used as part of a BEC attack, presumably one impersonating the real estate investment trust and targeting the senior living community operator, trying to trick them into paying more than $200,000 in outstanding rent.
To view a complete copy of the research findings, download the threat intelligence brief (https://www.agari.com/