By Savvy Cyber Kids July 9, 2020
The two most frequently used methods for hacking a company and stealing their information over the past year were phishing and the use of stolen credentials (think user IDs and passwords).
Both methods actually go hand-in-hand. A hacker, utilizing social engineering techniques will send a specially crafted email that pretends to be from a company you do business with. In the fake email, the hacker will include some wording to make you believe that your account has been hacked (the irony!), and say that you need to click the included link to reset your password.
Another method commonly used is crafting an email that purports to be from Amazon, UPS, or FedEx that has you click on a link to get the latest tracking information on your recent purchase. Since we are all shopping online, it is understandable why someone may fall for that trick. Unless, of course, you teach your employees or family members how to spot a fake email.
If something is making headlines, it will make its way into a hacker’s toolbox!
Let’s talk about some red flags in phishing emails.
What do you do if you think an email may be legitimate? Go to the company’s website and log in to your account to see if you have any messages. Remember, don’t click the links or open attachments from the email. And if the email is from a friend, reach out to see if it’s legitimate.
Now that you know how to spot fake emails, you should be able to spot any red flags in emails in your inbox. You may just save yourself from being the next hacking victim.
Source: 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)
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