Over the last couple of years, we have noticed that email account hacking is growing at an unprecedented rate. Now, hackers are using popular file sharing accounts and associated web services to steal email login information and other critical information from organizations.
It has been noticed that cyber attackers are using file-sharing document services like OneDrive to launch attacks from email accounts that have already been taken over by the criminals. It is important for today’s business to be aware of these malicious tactics and have safety measures in place.
So, here’s why those hackers use this approach: their goal is to hijack your email account. To do this, they require your email login details. The bad news is that with the advanced phishing tactics that exist in today’s world, the criminals can easily get your credentials without you being aware of it. For instance, many people will click on a phishing link from a hacker without thinking about what they are clicking on. This leads them to enter their email credentials into a bogus login page of some famous web services. Now the attackers have got your email credentials and can easily use your account to target other employees in your organization. They will then steal the confidential information from your email and your colleagues’ emails to sell on the black market, blackmail you, ask for ransom, or launch additional attacks.
Now, once the attackers get access to your email, they will use file-sharing services to spread their attacks. For example, they may send OneDrive share links from your account to other people in your organization. When those people click on the link, it will take them to a fake login page where the attackers will capture their email credentials. The attack soon takes the shape of a snowball and leads to the loss of critical organizational information.
So, what can you do to prevent or stop the attack? The good news is that there are some reliable technologies and methods to prevent or stop attacks of these types and reduce the scope of such attacks in your organization. For example, you can use AI to defend your internal communications. The advanced versions of email security services can identify irregularities and loopholes in your internal communication mechanisms and prevent any email hacking immediately.
Also, training your employees in cyber security and making them aware of phishing can help prevent such attacks. If you are looking for reliable and advanced solutions to stop email hacking in your organization, you can contact us for more information.