Oct 15 2021

Human hacking increased as apps and browsers moved completely to the cloud

Category: Cloud computing,Hacking,Web SecurityDISC @ 9:28 am

“Today’s hyper-targeted spear phishing attacks, coming at users from all digital channels, are simply not discernable to the human eye. Add to that the increasing number of attacks coming from legitimate infrastructure, and the reason phishing is the number one thing leading to disruptive ransomware attacks is obvious.”

Human interaction online has largely moved to the cloud

Apps and browsers are used as humans connect with work, family, and friends. Cybercriminals are taking advantage of this by attacking outside of email and taking advantage of less protected channels like SMS text, social media, gaming, collaboration tools, and search apps.

Spear phishing and human hacking from legitimate infrastructure increased in August 2021, 12% (or 79,300) of all malicious URLs identified came from legitimate cloud infrastructure like including AWS, Azure, outlook.com, and sharepoint.com – enabling cybercriminals the opportunity to easily evade current detection technologies.


There was also a 51% increase in phishing in 2021 compared to 2020. That is on top of triple-digit growth in attacks in 2020 over the previous year.

Tags: Human hacking