West African Scammers Graduate to Sophisticated PhishingCrane Hassold of Agari Also Sees Uptick in Money Laundering via Cryptocurrency
West African fraudsters have moved beyond Nigerian prince scams and embraced business email compromises and other types of attacks, says Crane Hassold of Agari.
Regardless of the choice of attack or refinement, the end goal remains the same, he says: "At the end of the day, it's all about exploiting people."
In a video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2019 in San Francisco, Hassold discusses:
- How West African scammers and threat groups are evolving;
- How criminals identify targets;
- Attackers' increased use of cryptocurrency for money laundering purposes.
Hassold is senior director of threat research at Agari. He previously served as the director of threat intelligence for PhishLabs, as well as an analyst at the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit and Cyber Behavioral Analysis Center, among other roles.