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The Phishie Awards: (Dis)Honoring The Best Of The Worst Phishing Attacks

From the costly to the clever to the just plain creepy, here are the recent phishing campaigns that have earned our reluctant recognition.

Sara Peters

February 10, 2016

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Phony Breach Notifications

After a phishing attack resulted in the breach at Anthem, other opportunistic criminals took advantage of the unfortunate situation, victimizing some breach victims a second time.

Knowing that people would be on the lookout for breach notifications, they sent out this message:

Users who clicked to sign up for credit protection received something much less helpful.

(Message courtesy of KnowBe4)

About the Author(s)

Sara Peters

Senior Editor

Sara Peters is Senior Editor at Dark Reading and formerly the editor-in-chief of Enterprise Efficiency. Prior that she was senior editor for the Computer Security Institute, writing and speaking about virtualization, identity management, cybersecurity law, and a myriad of other topics. She authored the 2009 CSI Computer Crime and Security Survey and founded the CSI Working Group on Web Security Research Law -- a collaborative project that investigated the dichotomy between laws regulating software vulnerability disclosure and those regulating Web vulnerability disclosure.


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