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The biggest phishing attacks of 2018 and how companies can prevent it in 2019


Phishing attacks remained a rampant problem in 2018, and 2019 is already shaping up to offer more of the same.

I spoke with Alexander García-Tobar, CEO and co-founder, Valimail to find out more about phishing and how organizations can prevent it.

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Scott Matteson: What are the most significant phishing stories from 2018?

Alexander Garcia-Tobar: The growth in business email compromise (BEC), specifically impersonation attacks, leads the list for 2018. Just this month, the FBI warned that there was a 60% increase in 2018 in fake email schemes that aim at stealing money or tax data. That's after three years of declining rates of BEC.

Fake GDPR privacy notifications were also a real problem this year. Under GDPR, companies were required to send privacy policy notifications to their customers starting this spring. Unfortunately, scammers used this as a...(continued)

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