Whaling threats or CEO fraud continues to grow with 70 percent of firms seeing an increase in these email-based attacks designed to extort money. There has been an uptick of activity lately as fraudsters spend the first few months of the year taking advantage of tax season, targeting finance departments with emails that look like they are coming from a company’s senior executive. Case in point are Snapchat and Seagate as companies that inadvertently gave up employees’ personal information.
Email security company Mimecast has shared a handful of real-life examples of fraud attempts targeted at the person in the corner office.
Note: Names and domains have been modified to preserve recipient privacy. Source domain styles and homograph attack techniques have been maintained.