Did you know that 85 percent of modern data breaches now involve an email phishing attack? These attacks usually consist of fake emails designed to look like they’re coming from a brand or institution that you trust. Phishing isn’t what it used to be.
Malicious websites look legitimate and crooked emails appear to come from trusted senders. It’s now harder than ever to know how to prevent these kinds of attacks.
Their goal is to entice you to click a link or download an attachment, which, in turn, puts malicious files on your computer. This can enable hackers to steal your identity, breach your employer’s systems, and more. It’s called phishing and it’s just one form of social engineering, the tactics most cybercriminals employ.
These highly personalised email attacks involve a hacker researching their target and creating a message often designed to impersonate a trusted colleague or business to steal sensitive information, which is then used to commit crimes like fraud and identity theft, the report noted.