Phishing Attempts Against IPVM Employees - Any Insights?

To help make others aware of phishing tactics, I want to share details of a recent attempt against an IPVM employee. Also, in event there are those who have expertise or insight into how common various phishing tactics are- it would be good to hear what you think.

In the below examples, a sender, using a Gmail account, is pretending to be John Honovich – using his name and title (in one attempt), to approach an IPVM employee.

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**** ****** *** ** how ******** ***** ******** attempt ***:

** *** ****** **** hires – **'** **** this **** ****** ** IPVM- ***** **** ** announce ** *** ****, or *** ******** ******* their ********, **** *** approached **** * ******** attempt.

**** ****** **** *** similar *********** ** ********** insight?

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**** ****** **** *** similar *********** ** ********** insight?

**** ** ***** ******, FWIW. * ***'* ***** there ** *** ******** targeting ** **** ** employees ****.

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**'* ********* ****? **'* manual *** ** **** scans ********? *** ********?

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** **** **** ** be ****** *********, ***** a ****** *** ** human ********. *'** ****** them, *** ****** *** both ******** ****, *** had *** ****/***** **** as *** "****" ***** in **** **** ** her *********. ** *** case, *** ******** ********** a ****** **** *** very ***** ** ***** company ******, *** ** such * *** **** it ***** **** **** been *** ****** ** some ***** **********.

******* ******** **** ********* was ******** ******* ** that **** ** ***** new **** ******* *** to ****** ********* **** the ********** ** *** company ***** *** ** fact **** ***** *** employees ****** **** ** purchase ***** **** ***** or ***** ***** *** emergency ******* *****. * think ***** ********* ******** emails *** **** **********.

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* *** * ******* every **** ** * don't ***** ** ** anything ******* ******* ****.

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**** ** **** **** phone ******…

*** * ****** *****. See **** **** ****.

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*** **** ** *** a ***** *** **,

**** **** ** ******,

**** ******* *****, ********* wrong ***** *********... ** seems ****** *** ******. There**** **** *************** ******** ******* **** typos ************* ** **** out *** **** ******** targets (*'* *** **** that ******** ***** *****). Somebody *** *** ************ targeting *** ***** ******** come ** **** ********* much **** **********.

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* *** *** ** these **** *** ********** from * **-******. * saw **** ** *** not **** ** *******'* email ******* *** *** to **** ************* ** the **** ** *** plausible **** ** ***** might **** **** * co-worker's ******** ***** *******. I **** ** **** phone ******. * **** got * **** ****** that *** *** * meeting **** ** ********* client *** ***** * purchase **** **** ***** that ** ***** **** to ***** *******. ** that ***** * **** right **** **** *** happening *** ******* *** text *** ******* *** number.

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**** ***** ******** ** automated ***** ** ******* up *** ********** ******* the ****** *** *** business ******* * *******.

**’* * ****** *** quality ****** **** **** personalization ** ****** **’* automated, ** ********’* ********* you *** ****’** ***** and ***’* **** ** pony ** *** * quality ******** ******** :)

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** *** *** **** targeted **** **** ******; the ****** ** ****** always *** **** ***. Pay **** *******, ***** this ****, *** ** some ****** *********, *** etc ***.

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* *** **** ***** from ** *** *********** across ** *****.

** ***** ** ****** the ******** ***** ******** tactics. **** ** ***** spoofers *** **** ******* countries *** **** ****** together ****** ********** *******, which ** *** ** looks ********* *** *** bad *******. **** **** websites *** *********** *** target *** ********* **** can **** **** ****'* who **** ******* ** be. **** *** ** common *********.

**** *** *** *** know ** **** **% of *** ******* ********** are ********. ****** *****-******** like ****, ** ******** (text ********). * ****** IPVM ** ****** **** into ********** * ******** test ** *** ***, and *** ** ** a ****** ** ******* those *** ***** *** fooled. ** *** **** mean *** *** * common ******* **** **** cost **** **** **** bruised ******** ****.

** *** **** * spam ******, *** ****** the ****** *****. **** of ***** ******** ** not **** ***** ** DKIM (******** *** ************ of ** ***** *******) enabled *** **** **** trip *** ******.

***** *** **** ** common ********* *** * will ******* ********* ** answer *** ********* *** folks *** **** **** with **** ******* ** network ********.

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****** ***! * *** companies ***** ******** ******** whereby **** **** / train ********* **** "****" phishing ********. **** ** you ***** ** *****? and ** ** *** specific **** *** *********?

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**'** **** **** **** our ***. *** ******* with*******, ***** *** **** easy ** ***** *** see *******- * ** person **** ***** ************** experience ***** ****** ******* and *** *** *** results. *** *** *** a *** ***** *** free ***** ***** ******* the *****.

** **************** ** * ****** more ******** *** ** much **** ************ *** completely ****!

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****** *** ******* ***** options, *******! *'** ***** links *** ****** *** may ** ********** ** well.

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***'** **** ******** **.

***** *** ****** **** to **** ** ****** with * ****** *** of ******** *********.

*** *** **** ** employees **** * ***** you **** ** ****, just **** ** * firing ******* ** **** for * ******** *****.

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** *** **** **** type ** *****. ** actually ***** *** ********* on *** *** *** this ******** **** ** request (*** ******.). ** have ******** ******* ** a ****** ** *** what *******. *********** **** want *** *** ******** to ** *** **** cards (****** ** *****) and **** **** ****** of **** ** *** attacker. * **** * couple ** ******* **** small ********** **** **** had ******* *********.

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*** **** **** ****** Air ******** *** *** your **** **** ******* to *****?

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*** ****** ********!

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** *** **** *** any ******* *******, **** IT **** (** * vendor **** ****) **** regularly *** **** ***** with ***** **** ******** emails.

***'** ******** ** ***** on *** ***** **** and ******* **** *** think **'* * ******** email *** **** **** pop ** * ************** message *** *** ***** a ***** *** *** you *** ** **** anyone ***** *** ******** in **** **** *** morons.

* *** *** **** do **, *** ********** I **** **** ***** annoying *** **** **** them ** *** *****.

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…**** ***** **** ******** emails.

** ****’** **********?

…*** *** *** ** tell ****** ***** *** campaign ** **** **** are ******.

*** ******’* **** **** you ** ****? ***’* they **** **** ** raise *********?

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*** ******’* **** **** you ** ****? ***’* they **** **** ** raise *********?

***** **********'* **** ****** - like **'* *** ****** secret - *** ******* that ** **** **** me *** ** **** I **** *** ** able ** ****** *** urge ** **** ******* a ****** **** * know **** **** ***'*.

** *********** **** *** just ****** ** *** me ** ** ********* pawn ** ***** ********* campaign.

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…*** [ **** ] imagine **** ** **** tell ** *** ** tell * **** *** be **** ** ****** the **** ** **** someone * ******…

***’* *** ******* ********** affect ***.

***’* *** ******* ********** affect ***.

***’* *** ******* ********** affect ***.

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******, ***...

******* ********** ** *** of *** ******* *** easiest-to-spot ***** ** **********/**** flam - *** *****'* work **** ** ***** like ** **** *** naturally ********** ** **********.

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******, ***...

*** ** ********** *’* joking, *****?

“***’*…”

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* **** *** ***** half ** **** *****... maybe **%. ; )

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**** ** **** **** mind *******...

**** *** ****, *** lose*** ****.

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*'** ***** *** ****** is ******* ***** ** the ******* .... "*** * ***** *** me".

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* *** *** **** exact **** ** ****** on * ******* ***** as ** ****** ****** our ************.

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* ******'* *********** **** on *** "*******, ******* typo" ***** *** ********* this ********. **'* ******, sure, *** *'** **** some ****** *** ***** with ******* ******* *** messed ** * **** or *****. * ***'* even **** **** ** being ****** ** **** than *** ********, ** I **** ***** *******. Whenever * *** ** email ********** * ********, I ***** *** ****** email. ****'* ******* * pretty **** ****.

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