Month: September 2019

5 ways to spot a spear-phishing attack…

Spear-phishing is more subtle than conventional phishing. This scam is always attempted with far more tactical precision than ordinary phishing – in other words if phishing is like a shotgun, then spear-phishing is like a sniper rifle. Armed with illicitly gained personal information, the criminals send outwardly harmless emails that appear to be from trusted contacts. Unknown to the user, these emails typically contain malware attachments that install in the background when opened. That malware then seizes control of your computer. The payloads can be anything from ransomware that hold your computer’s data hostage at a price to unlock...

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I have received a phishing e-mail! What do I do?

If anyone receives a phishing e-mail, it can be very unnerving and frightening. In most cases, nothing will infect your computer if you don’t click any links or respond.In most phishing e-mails, the sender tries to get you (their intended victim) to click a link or give them personal information, like your banking details or passwords. This is a conventional social engineering attack. Here is what to do (and what not to do) should you receive a phishing e-mail. The human factor is always the weakest link in security… Kevin D. Mitnick @kevinmitnick q Don’t panic and Don’t click...

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