“Heads up! Hackers are becoming even more sophisticated in trying to break through your cyber defenses.”
Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies
A new report by Egress Software Technologies reveals that phishing attacks have become more sophisticated, with hackers employing obfuscation tactics to slip past cybersecurity measures. The annual Phishing Threat Trends Report highlights a 24.4% surge in the use of obfuscation techniques in 2023 alone, accounting for over half (55.2%) of malicious emails.
In this excellent piece for siliconangle.com, author Maria Deutscher dives into this recent trend and points out that the most prevalent method, HTML smuggling, disguises malware by sending it in an inert form, activating only after it reaches the recipient’s computer, making it harder to detect. More frightening is that hackers are layering multiple obfuscation tactics, with just 31% relying on a single technique.