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NHS Digital email accounts compromised in a phishing campaign.

The UK’s NHS Digital has reported a phishing scam intended to harvest credentials to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The incident is believed to have happened between Saturday May 30 and Monday June 1, 2020, affecting 113 NHS Digital accounts in the agency. The Department of Health and Social Care’s email service, NHSmail, stores identifiable and sensitive patient information.

An NHS Digital spokesperson confirmed, “There is currently no evidence to suggest that patient records have been accessed. We are working closely with the NCSC, who are investigating a widespread phishing campaign in the UK.”

The NCSC has revealed that the campaign has been active since July 2018 and was particularly active in October 2019. The NHS is notifying all affected individuals. As a precaution, the firm is monitoring all 1.41 million NHSmail accounts for suspicious activity.

The NCSC recommends resetting passwords of affected accounts and the use of multi-factor authentication (MFA) with Microsoft 365 to prevent attacks in the future.

Attackers usually resort to familiar, effective techniques, like phishing scams, to gain access to email accounts. A smart tool like Exchange Reporter Plus enables organizations to stay ahead of attackers by monitoring for and thwarting email-bound cybersecurity threats. Download a free, 60-day trial of Exchange Reporter Plus today.

How ManageEngine can help.

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With Exchange Reporter Plus, you can locate emails based on:

  • Messages by subject keyword. Use reports to identify particular keywords in the email subject lines.
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  • Attachment name. Get a report of all emails in your mailbox that have an attachment with a specific name. With the names of the malicious files, you can take the necessary steps to stop email-bound threats.
  • Attachment type. Based on an attachment’s file extension, you can spot malicious software.
  • The number of emails received from a specific domain, sender, department, or external email address. Get reports on all incoming emails from an external email address, a blacklisted sender or domain, or a specific department.

In addition, ManageEngine M365 Manager Plus provides an advanced Microsoft 365 mailbox content search capability that identifies phishing emails by analyzing internet message headers, subjects, attachments, and bodies of emails. With this feature, you can identify senders' email addresses, the platform used by the attackers, and the servers the emails passed through.

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