Three Tips to Avoid Phishing Scams
Twelve percent of phishing attacks involve “VIP impersonations"
Next time you get an email from the boss, you might want to triple-check that address.
Recently, a study from the anti-phishing firm Inky [registration required] found that 12 percent of phishing attacks involved “VIP impersonations,” or messages that looked like they were from top executives at an organization—a highly targeted form of attack that turns a top executive’s name into a Trojan horse. Often, these schemes involve real-time emails from someone pretending to be a CEO who is looking to acquire information from a lower-level employee.
The result leads to direct engagement between the scammer and the victim—and to a potential loss of sensitive data.
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