Tag: phishing

2017 Shows Increase in Businesses Attacked by Phishing Scams

2017 Shows Increase in Businesses Attacked by Phishing Scams

Cyber Security
Hackers are finding new and sophisticated ways of conning hard working people in South Africa out of their money with cunning online scams. A website dedicated to scams across South Africa highlighted how new scams are being reported every day, with tax phishing emails among the most popular phishing emails received. One recent scam is that of a holiday letting company. The report explains, “They post ads on gumtree for holiday accommodation. Beautiful beach front houses to rent at low costs. Everything is always available. Once you start emailing back and forth they send you a lease agreement with blank spaces and expect you to just sign at the bottom.” People then part with their money only to find everything is a scam and there are no holiday villas available (or even in existence!)

Beware of This Dangerously Convincing Google Docs Phishing Scam

Cyber Security, Internet
A very tricky phishing scam that takes advantage of Google Docs is making its way around the web. And since it uses a google.com URL and even makes use of Google's SSL encryption, it's almost impossible to tell that it's a hack. Your best safeguard, as always, is a little bit of common sense. This phishing scam starts like many other phishing scams: with an email. The malicious message reportedly arrives with the subject line "Documents" and points to a Google Docs link. Again, it shows up in the address bar as a google.com domain and takes you to a fake log-in page that looks just like the real Google login page. This is how the hackers get you. "The fake page is actually hosted on Google's servers and is served over SSL, making the page even more convincing," Symantec security expert N...

37.3 million users experienced phishing attacks last year

Cyber Security
According to the results of Kaspersky Lab’s “The evolution of phishing attacks 2011-2013″ survey, the number of Internet users who faced phishing attacks over the last 12 months has grown from 19.9 million to 37.3 million, an increase of 87%. Facebook, Yahoo, Google and Amazon are among main targets of cybercriminals. The study, which was carried out in June 2013 based on data from the Kaspersky Security Network cloud service, shows that what was once a subset of spam has evolved into a rapidly growing cyberthreat in its own right. Phishing is a form of Internet fraud in which criminals create a fake copy of a popular site (an email service, an Internet banking website, a social networking site, etc.) and try to lure the users to these rogue web pages. The unsuspecting user enters