There has been an exponential rise, in phishing attacks and this upward trajectory seems to be showing signs, of not slowing down.
The disturbing part is that hackers have learned how to use very simple tricks, to lure victims, into downloading malware.
In 2019, it was reported, by IBM that, the average financial cost, of a data breach, is, $3.86m and phishing, accounts for 90% of data breaches.
FBI reports that 15% of people successfully phished, will be targeted at least one more time, and Verizon reports that 76% of businesses reported being victims of phishing attacks, in the last year and 30% of phishing messages get opened, by targeted users.
Further researchers, on phishing attacks carried out, by IronScales, (a cybersecurity company), checked over 25,000 malicious emails, which had bypassed inbox security, over a three-month period.
It was discovered that, rather than using more advanced and sophisticated techniques, many of the attacks were, simply, nudging users to fake websites.
These malicious sites, do pose, as a big company/organisation and users are encouraged to input their personal details.
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Once their details have been inputted, within a day or a week, the user’s details, could have been used, to commit fraudulent acts, or, the user’s money, just gets wiped off, from his/her bank account.
A close examination of these sites does show signs that, the website is, totally, off and should be greatly avoided, or, better still, reported.
Here are 3 signs you should look out for, to enable you to know, whether, or, not, you are about to be attacked, through phishing and directed to a phony site:
One telltale sign that, the site is, totally, off is, when you notice that, the images are blurred.
Images can only be a blur, if it has been screen-grabbed and sometimes, copied from the real.
Once the image is, screen-grabbed and resized, the signs will not be difficult to miss. This is a red flag; just keep off.
Outdated Imagery, Or, Messaging
Sometimes, it can be a little tricky, identifying a phony site, but the signs to, easily identify them, are plastered on the screen.
If you look in the right place. Users will, only know, if the organisation has changed its logo, or, branding and the hackers have not paid attention.
Critically, Examine Suspicious Mail
Once you noticed something off, about a mail sent to you, critically, examine it, before clicking it.
These simple measures, will save a lot of people, from having their account hacked and their details used, for anything fraudulent.
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