A review of the latest in phishing schemes and cybersecurity threats
November is all about phishing. Ice fishing. It’s a cold, cruel, world out there, and someone’s got to take the bait. Don’t let it be you!
In this month’s issue, we’re going to tap into the different types of phishing techniques used by scammers, dive deeper into why
they work, and learn more about what you can do to avoid them.
There may be some fishing puns along the way, but we’re just trying to keep it reel.
In conjunction with phishing, cybercriminals are also really good at psychology.
In the Psych world, the psychological manipulation of people to perform desired actions is called “Social Engineering.”
Cybercriminals commonly put this social engineering concept into action with their phishing attacks against us.
Trust, context, and emotion all play a role in decision-making and can easily be manipulated.
Using these methods, attackers will draft personalized messages that
pose as legitimate organizations or individuals, regarding situations you’re likely to find yourself in, and create a sense of urgency around their desired action.
Hook, line, and sinker.
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Phishing is often a sophisticated email attempt to trick the recipient into first opening a fraudulent message and then revealing personal and financial information.
A phishing email usually arrives as spam disguised as an email from a legitimate company or a person. In reality, the sender is misrepresenting himself and cloaking the origin of the phishing email.
The bogus email might seek a payment and direct the user to a replica of banking website, for example, or to a phony payment center of a utility company.
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