Humans are the weak link in Cybersecurity. This is the reason why, with the increase in online traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Phishing attacks have become more frequent.
This is a danger for all organisations, since attackers target employees to get access to sensitive data for malicious purposes.
An example of this kind of attack is the Twitter Phishing Data Breach. Cyber criminals hacked the social networking site by duping the employees working from home with a fake login page and hacked the accounts of some prominent personalities to post content related to crypto currency scam.
What is a Phishing Attack
Phishing is a Cyber Crime aimed at persuading individuals into providing sensitive data for illegal purposes, such as identity theft and financial loss. The hacker masquerades as a trusted entity by simply registering domains and designing websites or emails to make them look like they are legitately from the "real brand". This way, they lure their victims into opening an email, instant message, or text message. Recipients are then tricked into revealing their personal information, clicking on a malicious link, which can result in the installation of malware, ransomware attacks, or the extraction of sensitive information.
Protecting from Phishing Attacks
There are a few steps we can all take to stay safe when we go online.
Make sure you protect your data when you browse online and during this Amazon Prime Day.
If you want to know more about Phishing and how to protect yourself, stay tuned for our upcoming Phishing Cybersecurity Risk Awareness Webinar Series.
You can learn about past edition on Awareness of Password Weaknesses and SQL Injection.