BEC - Not Your Grandmother's 419

Presented at ArcticCon 2018, Oct. 4, 2018, 3 p.m. (60 minutes)

Business Email Compromise has evolved to be the #1 financial cyber threat we're currently facing, yet this is largely unrecognized. Per the FBI, reported domestic losses attributed to BEC activity is currently averaging USD$10 Million - per day. This talk will describe the evolution of unsophisticated, indiscriminate phishing attacks, through to today's use of commodity malware, reconnaissance, targeting, persistence and supply-chain attacks.


  • Simon Conant - Palo Alto Networks
    Simon is a Principal Researcher in Palo Alto Network's Unit 42 research group. He draws upon a quarter-century of international experience in the fields of malware & infrastructure \ analysis, networking, and information security, including several years in the Microsoft Security Response Center. He was involved in founding Microsoft's CSS Security & Internet Crime \ Investigation teams, and the International Botnet Task Force. A native of New Zealand, Simon is based out of Seattle, USA. He keynoted the inaugural ArcticCon in 2017, and is honored to return to speak again this year.


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