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Fear These Three Types Of Phish: ‘Catphishing’ Enterprise Targets

Earlier this month, Forbes staff writer Thomas Fox-Brewster told the frightening tale of how Iranian hackers used a fake Facebook profile to target an unsuspecting techie at consulting powerhouse Deloitte.

The modus operandi: hackers created ‘Mia Ash’ from whole cloth, establishing multiple social media accounts for her, pilfering the photos of a real person in the process.

Catphishing: looking for love in the wrong places

Catphishing: looking for love in the wrong places

Posing as Ms. Ash, the malefactors gained the trust of the consultant, eventually convincing him to download an Excel file infected with malware.

To Deloitte’s credit, its cybersecurity protections prevented the malware from reaching its network – this time.

There is a bigger story here, however. This particular attack combines elements of more familiar types of attacks, but also breaks new ground – and suggests other, similar attack vectors that bad guys may also use.

Perhaps these new attack vectors are unfamiliar, but that doesn’t mean no one is using them to penetrate your organization’s defenses. It simply means you haven’t discovered them yet.

Read the entire article at https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2017/10/14/fear-these-three-types-of-phish-catphishing-enterprise-targets/.

Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. Image credit: Kelly McCarthy.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).