Business Email Compromise: Battling Advanced AttackersUltra-Lucrative Campaigns Continue, Warns David Stubley of 7 Elements
Many businesses don't seem to be able to stop business email compromise schemes. "Incidents are just increasing; there's a huge volume of business email compromises," says David Stubley, CEO at 7 Elements, a security testing firm and consultancy in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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"We're seeing three broad groupings," Stubley says, and while the specifics are unique to each victim, in general, most of these attacks have the same goal. "They're all trying to effect a financial payment away from the organization," he says.
Such payments can be substantial. In a case recently investigated by 7 Elements, for example, a victim paid $900,000 by responding to a fake invoice submitted by an attacker.
In a video interview at Information Security Media Group's recent Cybersecurity Summit in London, Stubley discusses:
- Low-skilled attackers' tactics;
- How more professional attackers operate;
- Groups that break in via elaborate phishing schemes but only steal data - and why this is especially troubling;
- Essential defenses.
Stubley is the founder and CEO of 7 Elements. He was previously manager of penetration testing services for Royal Bank of Scotland, and he served as a penetration testing project manager for Britain's Ministry of Defense as well as an IP technical security engineer for MCI WorldCom.