“Phishing” attacks are mass emails that request confidential information or credentials under pretenses, link to malicious websites or include malware as an attachment.
The average phishing attack costs businesses $1.6 million. The problem with the ongoing increase in the occurrence of cybercrime incidents is that you get desensitized to the whole thing. The fact is that businesses aren’t learning to protect themselves, which is why the number of reported phishing attacks has gone up by 65% in the past few years.
“Vishing” is one of the latest variants of phishing being tracked by cybersecurity professionals. Instead of attaching malware to an email and disguising it as say a PDF, cybercriminals specifically disguise it as an audio file, and make it so the email appears to be from an automated voicemail service.
These legitimate services are more and more common in the business world today. When a user receives a voicemail, they also get an accompanying email with a recording of the message for them to review without having to access their voicemail inbox.
Make sure that you and your staff are on the lookout for suspicious emails, as they are likely part of a phishing scam – but how can you know for sure?
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