Warning Signs of a Business Email Compromise Attack

Business Email Compromise (BEC) is an increasingly common scam targeting companies and individuals who perform financial fund transfers.

These complex attacks work by threat actors hacking into corporate e-mail accounts and using the information to trick third-parties into making fraudulent wire transfers, with a heavy reliance on social engineering to convince somebody to hit send. This type of cybercrime can sometimes pay off better than ransomware-related compromise events, with the FBI reporting this type of attack costing organizations an estimated $1.77 billion in losses in 2019.

Luckily, these types of attacks are typically easy to spot early on. Here are a few warning signs you should be aware of that would tip you off.

  • You have noticed an increase in phishing emails to your employees
  • Your clients or vendors are reporting an increase in phishing emails that are spoofed and have convincing signatures or email addresses similar to yours
  • Wired money goes missing, or it is discovered that the payments went to the wrong account
  • Your employee(s) notice they are missing parts of an email conversation or emails are being forwarded to their RSS Subscriptions or Junk email folders
  • Alerts are being generated for email forwarding rules that route email outside of your domain
  • You just moved your employees into Microsoft Office 365 or G-Suite and have not gone through the process of securing the environment

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