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Innovative twists on banking scams and corporate-account hunters wielding increasingly clever lures, including those with COVID-19 vaccine promises, are likely to dominate the spam and phishing landscape throughout Q2 2021, according to researchers. And although no new wild trends have emerged, Kaspersky researchers, who just released their report for Q1 2021, said that the spear-phishing tactics attackers are using against victims are getting better. Bank-Scam, QR-Code Phishing Lures For instance, mobile banking scams aren’t anything new, however, attackers have developed a couple of new approaches. Join Threatpost for “Fortifying Your Business Against Ransomware, DDoS & Cryptojacking Attacks” a LIVE roundtable event on Wednesday, May 12 at 2:00 PM EDT for this FREE webinar sponsored by Zoho ManageEngine. In one example from Q1 2020, Kasperky reported that clients of several Dutch banks received a fraud email which prompted them to scan a QR code to “unlock” mobile banking. Instead, they were directed to a web page loaded with malware. QR codes are an increasingly popular tool for threat actors, especially since the pandemic. They have been used to access menus, check in for vaccines and get public information. Another banking scam observed by Kaspersky researchers delivered a fake newsletter posing as legitimate correspondence from MKB bank with updates on COVID-19, but instead delivered a scam Outlook sign-in page, attempting to harvest credentials. Other phishing…

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