If you think you have received a Phishing: The use of emails that appear to be from a legitimate, trusted source that are enticed to trick recipients into entering valid credentials including personal information such as passwords or credit card numbers into a fake platform or service. LookingGlass Cyber (n) - tailoring an attack (such as email) to garner trust and credentials that are then used maliciously. The preverbal digital version of the ol' hook and bait. email, please send it to:
Cyveillance will analyze the suspected phishing attack and take the necessary action the minimize the number of victims of the attack.
Background: What Are Phishing Attacks?
Phishing is a method online criminals use to try to gain access to the username and password you use for important online activities like banking and paying bills. The attackers will send an email that looks like it comes from places like your bank or financial institution. The email can look very real, and will provide a link for you to access your account online.
Unfortunately when you log in to your account using the link in that email (don’t!), you will have provided your username and password to criminals who will then use it to access your account and likely remove funds from your account.
Some types of companies that cyber criminals commonly try to impersonate to gain access to your account information:
- Credit unions
- Online payment services like Paypal
- Hosting companies (see example)
- Software vendors (see example)
- Utilities, like your gas, electric, or internet service provider (ISP)
For a detailed analysis of the economics behind phishing attacks, please see Cost of Phishing: Understanding the True Cost Dynamics Behind Phishing Attacks.