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Crane Hassold

Director of Threat Intelligence

Crane Hassold is the Director of Threat Intelligence at Abnormal Security, where he leads an intelligence team responsible for researching enterprise-focused phishing threats. Prior to moving to the private sector in 2015, Crane served as an Analyst at the FBI for more than 11 years, spending most of his career in the Behavioral Analysis Units, providing support to intelligence community and law enforcement partners against national security adversaries and serial criminals. In 2012, Crane helped create the FBI’s Cyber Behavioral Analysis Center, which takes an asymmetric approach to examining cyber threats by combining the traditional behavioral concepts used for decades in the violent crime world with technical expertise to gain a holistic understanding of threat actor TTPs.

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Discover how threat group Chiffon Herring leverages impersonation and spoofed email addresses to divert paychecks to mule accounts.
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B 1500x1500 Q2 2022 Ransomware Landscape
The number of ransomware attacks continued its downward trend in Q2 2022. Learn why and discover more about ransomware threat actors and targets.
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B 07 14 22 4types
Understanding the ways cybercriminals execute financial supply chain compromise is key to preventing your organization from falling victim to an attack.
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B 07 07 22 Financial Supply Chain Compromise
Financial supply chain compromise, a subset of business email compromise (BEC), is on the rise. Learn how threat actors launch these sophisticated attacks.
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B 06 21 22 Threat Intel blog
Executives are no longer the go-to impersonated party in business email compromise (BEC) attacks. Now, threat actors are opting to impersonate vendors instead.
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B 05 27 22 Active Ransomware Groups
Here’s an in-depth analysis of the 62 most prominent ransomware groups and their activities since January 2020.
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Like all threats in the cyber threat landscape, ransomware will continue to evolve over time. This post builds on our prior research and looks at the changes we observed in the ransomware threat landscape in the first quarter of 2022.
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It’s IC3 Report week! In what has become an annual holiday for anyone that’s heavily involved in researching business email compromise (BEC) attacks, the FBI released its 2021 Internet Crime Report that details trends in various types of cybercrime activity over the past year.
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Looking at the overall volume trends, there have been two main spikes in ransomware activity over the last two years.
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As part of our research, we dove into why ransomware has changed and how each variable influences the overall threat of ransomware in distinctly different ways.
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New research from the Abnormal Threat Intelligence team shows that ransomware delivery methods have evolved, payouts are growing in frequency and total cost, and there are more malicious actors participating in ransomware than ever before.
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On August 12, 2021, we identified and blocked a number of emails sent to Abnormal Security customers soliciting them to become accomplices in an insider threat scheme. The goal was for them to infect their companies’ networks with ransomware. These emails allege to come from someone with ties to the DemonWare ransomware group.
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