I apologize its been a couple of weeks since my last post. Turns out I have a relative in Nigeria who told me that he was in trouble. If I wired him $2500, he would in turn send me 2 million dollars U.S. for my trouble. Unfortunately, by wife wouldn't give me the money and I never got the 2 million. I wonder how he is doing? With that on to our topic.
Welcome to National Cyber Security Month!! This month, we will look at some of the common threats that effect business users as well as consumer users.
Today we will discuss Phishing!. Don't worry, we wont be dealing with icky worms, nasty hooks, and we wont have to get a license. According to Phishing.org the definition of phishing is as follows"
"Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords.
We have all seen these scams, whether is is a Nigerian prince, a email from google telling us our account has been hacked, or a text message from our bank asking us to click on a link to change our password, phishing scams are everywhere! They target our bank accounts, our social media accounts, our computers and networks. So how can we tell if someone is trying to scam us? Lets look at an example to see some tell tale signs.
The above photo is a email that may have come from google. But if we look close at the email there are several issues with the content. First look at the return email address: email@example.com. This is a generic gmail account and would not be used for communication like this. Next look at the greeting. Google is a professional company, they are not going to great you hello (insert last name). In addition you will also see many misspellings in the body of the email. Again, a professional company will not have this
Next look at the link that is in blue. This link would take you to the criminals custom web page that was designed to look like a google account recovery page. Here they would farm as much information about you as possible, including things like social security number, birthday, address. which can then be used to steal your identity.
I think you get the idea. To learn more about Phishing click the following link:
Thats is weeks post. As always, if you have a topic you would like us to explore, let us know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or make a comment below.