Learn about phishing attacks with HiddenEye

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To stop an attacker, you need to think like an attacker, and to think like an attacker, you need to learn the tools for the trade. HiddenEye helps you simulate a phishing attack.

Few attack methods have gained more attention in recent years than "phishing." An interesting and deeply concerning report published in the second quarter of 2023 by Zscaler ThreatLabZ [1] noted a 47.2% rise in phishing attacks relative to 2022 which, in turn, was massively higher than the number of recorded attacks in 2021.

According to the National Institute Of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, phishing is defined as: "A technique for attempting to acquire sensitive data, such as bank account numbers, through a fraudulent solicitation in email or on a website, in which the perpetrator masquerades as a legitimate business or reputable person."

And according to Forbes, "Phishing is still one of the preferred methods used by criminal hackers" [2]. More worryingly, the Forbes story notes that "New research shows that up to a half of all HTML email attachments are malicious."

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