These days, the more common phishing attacks are slipping through the cracks. That’s only because some IT professionals aren’t making their staff aware of them. These are just a few of the most common phishing attacks we saw throughout 2018:
Over the past few years, smartphones and other connected devices have not only changed the way we communicate with each other, but have broadened the targets for hackers in a big way. Phishing text messages are very common nowadays. Don’t take them lightly, either. Employees who use their mobile devices for company business are now a huge target.
When a corrupt link is clicked in a text message, a virus, ransomware, or another form of malware will be deployed, and the information in that mobile device (including photos, contacts, emails and files) will be vulnerable. One mobile breach could mean hours or even days of downtime, especially for an SMB.
In the months before the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, hackers were phishing like crazy. They posed as tech giants like Airbnb and delivered emails warning users they wouldn’t be able to access the service if they didn’t change their privacy settings. Users would then log in to a replica website, and their credentials would be stolen by the hackers.
Tax Professional Scams
Right after the end of tax season, scammers began sending phishing emails to accountants and other tax professionals. These hackers posed as state accounting associations and tried to obtain the login credentials of tax professionals to the IRA’s website. This gave hackers access to incredibly sensitive data that resulted in drained bank accounts and identity theft.
Phishing has been around since the beginning of email. It clearly isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The best way to stay safe online is to prepare ahead through education and proper data security measures.