Words That Can Steal Your Data


Phishing - assessing an organisation's system by malware planted in emails - is a very common way that companies can find their data integrity threatened. The hackers behind phishing attacks are well aware their the recipients of their emails probably have to act on hundreds of emails a day, so need to choose a subject line that will make them click on any link within that email.


Cybersecurity company Barracuda Networks analysed more than 360,000 phishing emails over three months to discover the most common subject lines used by cybercriminals to trick recipients into opening the emails. They found that the top subject lines are based around the following key phrases:


  • Request
  • Follow up
  • Urgent/Important
  • Are you available?/Are you at your desk?
  • Payment Status
  • Hello
  • Purchase
  • Invoice Due
  • Re:
  • Direct Deposit
  • Expenses
  • Payroll


"Increasingly the social element is becoming the key "attack vector" in cybersecurity attacks. In the past, attackers sent ransomware emails, which actually took over the computer and encrypted the files, asking for a ransom," Asaf Cidon, VP for content security at Barracuda Networks commented.


"But today, they don't even need to send ransomware. They can simply use social manipulation to get the recipient to send a ransom – which is far cheaper, more effective and harder to detect."

The full report can be viewed here.

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