Phishing emails are only getting smarter

Phishing emails are only getting smarter

Email security threats are both cheap and easy for cyber attackers to conduct, so its little wonder that a new study from Barracuda Networks has found that 87% of companies have faced those threats in the past year. 

Phishing emails typically mimic the look and feel of an email written by someone in authority, such as a bank or even a colleague. The emails create a sense of urgency, so recipients think they don't have much time to respond. Most malicious emails attempt to steal login and system information from users in order to take over their account. 

Phishing links can look genuine, they can be hoaxed sites that request login credentials, or they could intimate malware downloads. Information stealers, backdoors and ransomware are common forms of malware. 

Here are a few quick tips to help avoid phishing scams:

  • Don't click on attachments or URLS from unknown sources. Sometimes even sources that you think are safe - could have been compromised or impersonated by criminals. Call them if you feel the email is suspicious
  • Never share or reveal your password or login to an unidentified site you accesses via an email link. Always go to the site directly via your browser
  • Money scams are notorious for displaying poor grammar, and in many cases the language used could appear to be coming from someone who may be writing English as a secondary language. Just remember if it sounds too good too be true - it probably is

Sara Baker. (January 2019). Phishing emails only going to get smarter, warns security firm. Retrieved from BizEdge - https://bizedge.co.nz/story/phishing-emails-only-going-to-get-smarter-warns-security-firm