Abuse Box Forwarding (ABF) - Improve Response Time, Reduce Manpower, Compliance

Posted by Dylan Sachs on Thu, Feb 08, 2018

One of the defining characteristics of a takedown provider is its ability to detect phishing sites.  Through various approaches, takedown vendors have defined their strategies for detection of malicious emails - either building up their own spam traps, pulling data from third-parties like the Anti-Phishing Working Group, partnering with mail service providers, or even acquiring other organizations.  While these approaches are often successful, in that they detect a significant number of phishing attacks, they are still incomplete, and often are missing a non-negligible amount of phish.  

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Topics: Phishing, solutions for phishing

Why Phishing Attack Takedown Coverage is Key to Cutting Your Exposure

Posted by Dylan Sachs on Fri, Dec 04, 2009
It has been well known for some time - at least, amongst those in the industry and by those with coverage - that having a solid takedown service is essential to limiting the exposure you and your customers face as a result of phishing attacks.  Studies have shown - consistently - that brands who have a well-defined takedown process (including a third-party takedown company) experience significant reductions in the lifetimes of phishing sites targeting their customer base.

Recently, there has been a spike in fast-flux, high-volume phishing activity.  Previously, this was known as "Rock Phish" activity; however that can be considered version 1.0 - domains, hosted on a botnet, targeting multiple financial brands and their customers via phishing sites.  Version 2.0 - known as Avalanche or ZBOT - is particularly troubling as they have evolved to include a malware payload, and broadened their target base by including social networking sites, government agencies, and even spoofing the email recipient's domain.  While complete fraud-loss and malware infection rates are difficult to come by, Damballa research found that the Zeus Trojan - the malware payload included in the Avalanche attacks - has infected 3.6 million systems in the U.S. alone. 

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Topics: Phishing, solutions for phishing

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