This phenomenon represents an evolution of traditional phishing tactics, as attackers seek to overcome defenses using more personalized and targeted approaches. In an adaptive phishing campaign, attackers gather specific information about victims through various sources, such as social media, public websites, and previous data breaches. This data is then used to tailor attacks, making them more convincing and harder to detect.
One of the key elements of these campaigns is social engineering, which aims to psychologically manipulate victims. Attackers may use personal information, such as names, job roles, or company details, to create fake messages that appear to come from trusted sources.
This significantly increases the likelihood that victims will fall into phishing traps. Adaptive phishing campaigns can be delivered through e-mail, text messages, social media, or even phone calls. Attackers often exploit current events or emergency situations to elicit emotional responses and induce victims to act hastily without carefully evaluating the legitimacy of the communications.
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“My slice”, the details of the Italian campaign
The e-mail message attempts to pass itself off as support from its company, which warns the caller that the memory limit of his e-mail account has been exceeded. This would prevent e-mails from being sent and received. To remedy the problem, the message invites you to check the status of your e-mail account via the proposed support page, otherwise the box will be deleted from the management servers.
The propounded web page is highly customized (https://elinajaguar[.]com/wp-admin/index.html) and looks like a form with logos and names of the targeted organization with a preset e-mail address and a password field to be typed.
Following the request, you end up handing over your login information to the scammers while being redirected to your organization’s home page. In fact, the information entered in the form is sent via a “POST” method to a manned server listening on the same domain.
To setup the highly targeted phishing campaign, the attackers:
How to Protect Yourself
To protect against these evolving threats, it is crucial to adopt good cybersecurity practices. Organizations and individuals should be aware of adaptive phishing techniques and implement cybersecurity training to educate users on how to recognize and avoid online scams.
In addition, the use of advanced security solutions, such as anti-phishing filters and AI-based threat detection systems, can help mitigate the risk of falling victim to these sophisticated campaigns.
In conclusion, the phenomenon of adaptive phishing campaigns underscores the need for a proactive approach to cybersecurity. Only through awareness, training and the adoption of advanced defense measures can we effectively protect our personal and business information from this growing digital threat.
Below are the IoCs of the campaign:
About the author: Salvatore Lombardo (Twitter @Slvlombardo)
Electronics engineer and Clusit member, for some time now, espousing the principle of conscious education, he has been writing for several online magazine on information security. He is also the author of the book “La Gestione della Cyber Security nella Pubblica Amministrazione”. “Education improves awareness” is his slogan.
(SecurityAffairs – hacking, phishing)