Phishing is a type of electronic security attack in which fraudsters attempt to acquire sensitive information from users by disguising themselves as trustworthy sources. More than three billion phishing emails are sent every day. To prevent these attacks, network security protocols are essential. Below, learn more about three common phishing techniques.
A Guide to Common Phishing Attacks
1. Deceptive Phishing
Deceptive phishing attacks are the most widespread—and, for fraudsters, often the most successful. They typically involve sending emails to recipients, in which the fraudster masquerades as a reputable company, usually a large, well-known brand, like a national bank, store chain, or online retailer.
The emails look as if they came directly from the company, complete with logos and professional language. They will inform the recipient of an urgent need to update sensitive information on the company's website, such as the username, password, and credit card details. The links provided redirect to malicious sites or damaging malware that then harvest the sensitive information.
2. Spear Phishing
Spear phishing is more customized to the individual recipient. The fraudster will find the personal contact information of the target and send an email seemingly written directly to them, asking for help or offering a product or service.
The fraudster might research social media platforms or business websites to learn as much as possible about the recipient. The email will include a link to an unsecure site or contain an attachment that, when clicked on, downloads malware onto the recipient's system.
Pharming is a type of network security attack that doesn't require email at all. Instead, when the targeted individual types in the name of a popular or frequently visited website, fraudsters automatically redirect the user to a fake, malicious site. Pharming requires unsecure access to the target's computer, not access to the website's company or host, which makes network security all the more crucial for end users.
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