Q2 Cofense Phishing Intelligence Report

Insights on the threats that matter: DcRat, Qakbot, and BEC

The Cofense Intelligence team analyzes millions of emails and malware samples to understand the phishing landscape. In Q2 of 2022, the phishing threat landscape was impacted by several factors. Emotet and QakBot operators have introduced new delivery mechanisms into their phishing campaigns. As a result of their adoption by Emotet, LNK downloaders have become the top delivery mechanism for this quarter.

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  • Emotet campaigns continued to sustain, however while their overall volume dropped significantly four of the top five malware families most frequently delivered via phishing increased in volume.
  • QakBot campaigns now go to extensive lengths to bypass security measures, avoid detection, and obstruct analysis tactics.
  • Business Email Compromise (BEC) campaigns continue to impart more financial loss on companies than any other cyber threat.
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