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Large-Scale Phishing Attack Targets Zimbra Email Users

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ByEsme Greene

Sep 12, 2023
Zimbra Email Users Targeted in Phishing Attack
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Zimbra email service users have been under siege from a vast phishing campaign that has affected hundreds of organizations across multiple countries. The attackers leveraged a seemingly simple yet effective technique, dispatching emails masked as Zimbra notifications containing malicious attachments. These attachments, when opened, led victims to phishing login pages, potentially compromising their mailboxes.

ESET, a cybersecurity firm, pointed out that while many small to medium-sized businesses were prime targets, some large governmental organizations weren’t spared either. Poland, Ecuador, and Italy emerged as the most impacted nations.

The campaign, initiated by an unidentified group, has been active since April. While Zimbra may only hold a fraction of the enterprise email market share, it is favored by numerous small and mid-sized businesses, making its user base tempting for cyber attackers.

Zimbra’s history is not devoid of security challenges, including software vulnerabilities and even attacks believed to have originated from North Korea. This recent phishing campaign, however, is considered one of the most expansive to date.

Deceptively, the attackers presented themselves as Zimbra’s security team, urging recipients to swiftly download an attachment to prevent their accounts from being locked. This attachment was a deceitful HTML file posing as an email login form.

Victims were lulled into a false sense of security upon seeing their genuine login credentials displayed, leading them to believe they were on Zimbra’s authentic login page. Any information entered was relayed directly to the cybercriminals, risking not just individual mailboxes but potentially a company’s entire IT infrastructure.

To safeguard against such threats, experts recommend routine software updates, the use of complex passwords, and the activation of two-factor authentication. They further emphasize the need for regular cybersecurity training for all staff members.

As Zimbra users become more aware of such phishing tactics, their ability to identify and avoid these fraudulent emails increases, thereby diminishing the risk of cyber incidents.

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