Did you know?
More than half of Internet users get at least 1 phishing email each day.
There are roughly over 100 billion spam emails sent each day.
According to the 2009 Consumer Reports, the cost of phishing in the United States was almost $500 million per year.
So what exactly is phishing?
Phishing attacks are socially engineered emails sent to a user falsely claiming to be a legitimate communication in an attempt to trick the user into responding or taking another action. Responding with personal and/or financial information, clicking a link, or opening an attachment can all result in the attackers gaining access into networks that may provide them with vital information.
These attacks are often carefully crafted messages that lure email users into taking the desired action of the attacker.
For example, if you use your online banking account frequently and an attacker knows this about you then they can craft a message that looks like it is from your bank. The message may ask you directly for your username and password or it may have a link for you to click which when clicked can give them access to your information.
What do you need to be aware of?
Phishing scams are found in more that just email messages these days as well. Attackers are creating websites that look legitimate for purchase of various goods and services.
Major events like the Super Bowl, the Olympic games and the World Cup are taken advantage of by phishing attackers. Simply using a search engine to find tickets for these types of events can lead a victim straight to a phishing website. These websites look real and may offer deals to entice people to enter their personal and financial information.