Inbound Email Security Threat

Detect Email Sending IP Route Changes

What is Account Take-Over (ATO)?

Account take-over (ATO) refers to the malicious act of gaining unauthorized access to or control over another individual’s or organization’s email account. When an email account is compromised, malicious actors can read the account’s email messages, send emails on behalf of the account owner, and potentially impersonate the account owner. The primary objectives of account take-over include:

  • Sending spam messages: Attackers may use the compromised account to send large volumes of spam emails to spread spam messages.
  • Phishing: By using the compromised email account, attackers can send disguised emails that appear to come from a trusted source, attempting to steal the recipient’s personal or financial information.
  • Illegal activities: Attackers can utilize the compromised account to engage in illegal activities or obtain credentials for accessing other online services.
  • Identity theft: They may send emails in the account owner’s name or use the account to log into other online services for the purpose of identity theft.

Threat Pathways of Account Take-Over (ATO)

Sending Phishing Emails
Attackers send phishing emails, SMS, or social media messages to the victim, often containing deceptive content or lures to trick the victim into providing their email account credentials.
Collecting Victim's Login Information
When the victim falls for the attacker’s request and enters their email account information, this data is transmitted to the attacker. This information typically includes the victim’s email address and password.
Gaining Access
With the victim’s login details, the attacker gains access to the victim’s email account. This allows the attacker to read, send, or manipulate email messages within the account.
Account Control
The attacker takes control of the email account, potentially changing the password or recovery information, and locking out the legitimate owner. The attacker can then use the email account for various purposes, including further cybercrimes.
Exploitation and Damage
The attacker may exploit the hijacked email account for various malicious purposes, such as stealing sensitive information, conducting fraudulent activities, resetting passwords for other online services, or impersonating the victim.

Detect changes in email sending IP address route with ReceiveGUARD!

The change in the email sending IP address path is one of the advanced techniques used in evolving email attacks from compromised accounts. With ReceiveGUARD, detect fraudulent emails disguised as legitimate ones by identifying changes in the sending path and trace the origin of the sender, which cannot be detected by traditional antivirus solutions. This helps protect the email server from sophisticated, intelligent attacks and enhances your organization’s security.

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Analyze Vulnerability through Security Assessment

Assess various email threats to identify weaknesses in the email system.

Prevent Unauthorized Access Attempts to Mail Servers

Prevent unauthorized and illegal intrusion to steal sensitive data in the mail server.

Block Malware Threats Hidden in Malicious URLs

Block harmful actions that lead to malware infection on the user’s device when accessing malicious URLs.

Prevent Unintentional Information Leakage Due to Insider Mistakes Mistakes

Prevent information leakage due to user errors or mishaps, regardless of their intentions.

Protect from Compromised Account Emails

Prevent malicious use of user accounts compromised by attackers to exploit other users’ personal information.

Prevent Intentional Confidential Information Leakage

Prevent users from intentionally leaking sensitive information externally.

Protect from Zero-Day Threats

Prevent damage from new forms of malware threats previously inexperienced.

Prevent Sophisticated BEC Attacks

Block actions where individuals impersonate executives within organization to gain access to internal information.

Block Email Spoofing

Prevent users from intentionally leaking sensitive information externally.

Protect Mail Server from Illegal Relay Attack

Protect from malicious activities compromising the security of the email server.

Detect Attacks Exploiting Email Attachments

Prevent the spread of malware through attachments with malicious intent.

Prevent System Disruption due to Ransomware

Prevent the infiltration of a user’s PC and system encryption through email attachments.

Protect Personal Information from Phishing Sites

Prevent email links from redirecting to malicious sites that extract personal information.

Detect Email Sending IP Route Change

Detect activities such as illegal access to users’ email accounts and identify theft through impersonation.

Analyze Hard-to-Identify Domains

Analyze actions that create domains similar to the original domain to cause harm.