Phishing scammers are getting more and more sophisticated. You no longer have to only watch out for misspellings or fraudulent emails coming from your “IT Department.” Of course, these are still things to concern yourself with and be on the lookout for but the attacks are becoming more and more difficult to detect.
CEO’s and CFO’s Targeted
In recent weeks, there have been two cases of phishing scams that are otherwise undetectable. Not only are they more difficult to spot but they are going to more powerful people in businesses. Scammers took the time to research organizational structures so they not only would know who to contact but they also know who to impersonate. In the most recent cases, the cyber attackers used the internet to determine the organizational structures and who the CEO’s or CFO’s were. They then took the time to research board members and other senior employees who would have interaction with the intended target. This kind of implementation went even further because they found legitimate reasons for the board members or senior employees to request funds. They then sent the email to the intended victim and asked for money for a completely plausible need. The attacks were very well researched and thought out. They were even executed in a way that it was almost impossible to detect. There were no red flags with the emails and it was essentially the perfect implementation.
Protecting Yourself Against Phishing Attacks
Even though the nature of phishing attacks is changing rapidly, you still need to watch out for the most basic components of one to better protect yourself. In addition to the rules that many people already know, there are new things to be aware of. These are just some of the things to look out for: