Everything You Need to Know About Phishing Attacks
Although Phishing is the spelling, we pronounce it Fishing. They are similar in pronunciation and usage. Fishing is a term that refers to the use of a worm to catch fish. To obtain our private information, the attacker might send a fake email, message, weblink, or voice call.
Phishing attackers are primarily looking to steal your personal and sensitive data such as login credentials, credit card information, and so on. They might also try to install malware on your systems.
Phishing is a complex cyber attack that everyone should be aware of. This blog will give you a detailed overview of phishing.
How does Phishing work
Let’s say you received an email asking you to change the password for security reasons. The email also included a link that will take you directly to the login page. All is well until now, except that the message is not coming from Google. The login page was designed by the attackers in such a way that it is impossible to find any mistakes. It looks exactly like the original page.
Although you might not be able to log in to your account after entering your credentials, your credentials are now available to the attackers. These Emails have become a popular method of attack in recent times.
In 2015, 97% of people couldn’t tell the difference between a normal and Phishing email. Problem is, we don’t know how personal Phishing can be. These Phishing attacks can be extremely personal. These targeted Phishing attacks are known as “Spear Phishing.”
Different types of Phishing Attacks:
Deceptive Phishing: This is the most common form of Phishing. This type of Phishing involves sending a malicious email that looks just like a legitimate email and asking us to click the links. These emails are not targeted attacks, but attackers send them randomly to many people.
Spear Phishing: This is a type of target attack. Social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook will allow attackers to gather information about you. After collecting your data, they may send personalized emails to you, messages that encourage you to enter your login information or credit card details. The attackers will then be able to access your private data.
Whaling: This is a type of attack in which the attackers are looking for large fish. It usually occurs at the enterprise level, or targets the CEOs of different organizations.
Pharming: This is when people are directed to a fake website that appears authentic. However, victims don’t have to click on the malicious link to the phony site in this instance. Even if the URL is correct, attackers could infect the user’s computer or redirect them to a fake website.
Smishing (Mobile Phishing), a phishing SMS, voice mail, social media message, or other in-app communication request, that asks the receiver for their account information, to change their password, or to inform them that their account has become compromised. This message contains a link to steal the victim’s personal data.
Vishing (Voice Phishing: When a caller leaves an abusive message asking the listener to respond quickly and call another number, this is called Voice Phishing. These voicemails are convincing to the victim to reply. The attacker might say, for example, that if you don’t respond, your bank account will be suspended.
Protect yourself from Phishing
Implement security technologies: Phishing attacks are not something you can avoid with any cybersecurity system. Businesses must instead employ a multi-tiered strategy that reduces the frequency of attacks and minimizes their damage. Network security technologies that should all be used include email and online security, virus prevention and user behavior monitoring. Access control is also a key component.