Gone Phishing: Hunting for Malicious Industrial-Themed Emails to Prevent Operational Technology Compromises

Phishing is one of the most common techniques used to deliver malware and gain access to target networks. This is not only because of its simplicity and scalability, but also because of its efficiency in exploiting vulnerabilities in human behavior. Despite the existence of sophisticated detection tooling and security awareness of phishing techniques, defenders across all industry verticals continue to struggle to avoid phishing compromises.

Mandiant regularly observes actors spreading phishing emails that contain terminology and concepts specific to industrial sectors, such as energy, manufacturing, and water utilities. The use of industrial-themed lures and phishing emails suggests that at least in some cases, actors are tailoring their attacks to target industrial organizations.

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Source: Mandiant