Current Phishing Trends
Phishing attacks continue to be on the rise, they can target any organisation or individual with an online account. Criminals use phishing as a quick and easy way to gather personal information which they go onto use to commit fraud. The result for the victim is not only a loss of funds but also potentially business information, productivity and reputation. The attempts can be very convincing. The National Cyber Security Centre has reported that criminals are using SSL certificates to convince victims that their site is legitimate. Individuals have long been urged to check for the padlock on HTTPS websites as a symbol that the site is safe. However, recent reports note that 49% of phishing sites were using the padlock (up 25% from a year ago), so it no longer guarantees that the website is authentic. Our previous blog has some tips to help identify phishing attempts. Employers can help protect their organisations by keeping their team informed about current phishing trends such as the recent European Distribution Fraud.
Another new trend is fake TV Licensing emails. Action Fraud recently warned against fake TV licensing emails as they received thousands of reports in recent months. Criminals send the victim a very convincing looking email from TV Licensing seemingly asking them to update information or referencing a refund or issue with payment. Those who click the link are taken to a fake TV Licensing website which will then gather information from the victim. They are prompted to add sensitive information such as payment details including their card number and CVV code. The site also asks for personal details such as name, address and mother’s maiden name.
Circulating this type of current information around your team is a good way to keep everyone vigilant. Your IT Support provider can also provide information on technical defences. RedMosquito always recommend a layered approach to cyber security and we are happy to guide you through the elements required to create a strong defence. Contact us today for more info.
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