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New cyberattack tactics rise up as ransomware payouts increase

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While phishing, business email compromise (BEC), and ransomware still rank among the most popular cyberattack techniques, a mix of new-breed attacks is gaining steam, according to a new report from cybersecurity and compliance company Proofpoint.

“While conventional phishing remains successful, many threat actors have shifted to newer techniques, such as telephone-oriented attack delivery (TOAD) and adversary in the middle (AitM) phishing proxies that bypass multi-factor authentication,” said Ryan Kalember, executive vice president of cybersecurity strategy at Proofpoint, in a press release for the company’s 2023 State of the Phish report.  “These techniques have been used in targeted attacks for years, but 2020 saw them deployed at scale.”

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