Phishing Attacks: Easy, But Successful

August 14th, 2015 by admin Leave a reply »

Companies spent millions of dollars to avoid harm from virus and hacking but mostly ignore the possibility of phishing attacks. Example of phishing attack can be considered as below:

Emails are sent mentioning that a high-ranking official or a friend wants to move money out of Nigeria or some other foreign country. They offer a percentage of the proceeds to the mark as long as he or she first sends a significant sum of money to pay certain fees. The money first promised is never transferred to the victim.

“There’s a perennial appeal to offers of large amounts of money with significant liquidity,” said Stephen Cobb, senior security researcher ESET North America. “All of us at various times have thought that a lot of our troubles would be solved if we only had cash.”

Scams asking for money not only successfully con people, some are conned multiple times by the same scammer, according to Cobb. “A person who puts money in has a vested interest in believing that [the offer] is real. So the scam artist will often try to hit the person a second time, saying there was a roadblock so he needs more money. He (the scam artist) isn’t out any additional money.”

How to detect scam mails:

  • Change Request of Password
  • Request for money
  • All caps in header
  • “Re” in an email that is not a response to another e-mail
  • Messages from overseas, particularly anything from a country one has never visited
  • Request for personal information
  • Offer of a free gift.
  • “click here,” particularly to see a video, picture or article
  • Emails from a known person addressing you differently than they have before

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