Press Release, January 31, 2023

Safe Systems Alerts Financial Institutions of Major Phishing Scam

Alpharetta, Ga., January 31, 2023Safe Systems, a national provider of fully-compliant IT and security services for community banks and credit unions, has been closely monitoring the recent uptick in reports of companies experiencing breaches or ransomware attacks. Over the last two weeks, Safe Systems has been made aware of a very sophisticated phishing scam that successfully breached multiple companies and then used those victims to breach others.

This breach appears to be targeting banks and credit unions with the primary goal to falsely convince the institution to approve wire transactions. In several cases, the attempts have come very close to being successful.

The capability for the phishing campaign to exploit weaknesses in multifactor authentication (MFA) and effectively bypass it makes the breach particularly dangerous for organizations without Azure AD Conditional Access Policies to reinforce their security in Azure.

To mitigate the risk of attack, Safe Systems is advising all financial institutions to take both reactionary and preventative measures.

Actions include:

  • Ensure employees are aware of the ongoing phishing campaign
    • Confirm employee training on cyber security and phishing is in place and effective
    • Continue phishing simulations and regular end user training to bolster employee awareness
  • Implement multifactor authentication (MFA) if not already in place
  • If using Microsoft Exchange Online for email, confirm individual management of account settings and Azure account security
  • Implement Conditional Access Policies to add multiple layers of access controls to institution’s Azure environment

“Safe Systems is focused on the safety and security of our customers as well as the entire financial community,” said Darren Bridges, president at Safe Systems. “While it is very difficult to eliminate all cyber threats, it is our mission to continue providing top-tier services to combat the most complex attacks.”

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About Safe Systems

Founded in 1993, Safe Systems provides IT, compliance and security services exclusively for community banks and credit unions. We believe every financial institution, regardless of size, should be able to leverage the best technology, compliance, and security solutions to serve the financial needs of their community. Our cost-effective services are designed to significantly decrease IT costs, increase performance, and improve compliance posture.