The Washington Post talks about a recent FBI warning that hackers are increasingly attacking law firms and PR companies using spear-phishing emails. These emails – previously used against military and defense targets – contain hyperlinks or file attachments which launch a malicious payload that can allow hackers to access the target’s network. Once they’re in, the hackers look for sensitive data – often linked to large corporate clients doing business overseas.
Sometimes, we focus so much on security issues relating to personal information (Social Security numbers, health information, addresses), financial transactions (credit card numbers, bank account details) and state security (military and defense secrets) that we forget other information can be extremely valuable to criminals.
You can find further news and warnings on the FBI Cyber Investigations Program website.