Spear phishing a continuing and growing problem
Mar 21, 2016 9:35am
An increasingly prominent form of phishing is targeting individuals in order to obtain personal information – and the scale can be quite grand. Take for example a company in Springfield, which “fell victim to a phishing scam” that gave criminal hackers access to “information for about 1,000 employees.” Spear phishing, as it is called, is particularly dangerous because it uses familiarity against the victim. Using his or her name, e-mail, and any information accessible to the phisher – most any readily available information that hackers can find on our social network pages – in an attempt to compromise the victim’s system. This can range from a single individual’s credit card information, to the W-2 information of a company’s entire employee roster. If and when they gain access to this information, criminal hackers can then use employee’s information to “file fraudulent returns, usually all stored in one form called a W-2.”“Legitimate businesses don’t ask you to send sensitive information through insecure channels,” so if you receive an email asking for confirmation on credit card or bank account numbers, etc, delete it – even if they threaten to close your account if you do not respond.