Recently, we’ve noticed an uptick in phishing scams, more specifically spear phishing scams. If you are unfamiliar with what these types of attacks are, spear phishing is an email or electronic communications scam targeted towards a specific individual, organization or business. Although often intended to steal data for malicious purposes, cybercriminals may also intend to install malware on a targeted user’s computer. What we’ve been seeing recently are targeted spear phishing attempts to get the victim to transfer or wire money to the scammer. As the email appears to originate from a trusted source, the victim usually won’t question it.
There are several ways you can protect yourself from these types of attacks and, like all things cybersecurity, a layered approach works best. One of the best things you can do is implement a spam filter which will catch a good percentage of spam before it is even delivered to your inbox. Additionally, you should have good virus and malware protection, and as always, you should exercise caution and safe browsing habits. If you would like protect yourself from this type of attack, contact us for information about our spam filtering service and anti-virus solutions.
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