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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 11:15

Gone Phishing

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The use of 'Phishing' attacks by criminals to get us to download malicious software (malware) or pass on sensitive information is a major issue. A recent report from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau gives an insight into the attacks.

The report provides an analysis of the most prevalent trends and characteristics of phishing campaigns in the UK during May 2016. The analysis is based on information reported to Action Fraud via the Attempted Scams or Viruses Reporting Tool and data obtained from National Fraud Intelligence Bureau phishing inbox.

The most commonly reported communication channel is email. The second was by land line phone calls; the third was by text message.

 

Phishing Channels May 2016

And what do they criminals want you to do? The main request was to click on a potentially malicious hyperlink contained in the message, followed by requests to provide personal information or online banking/bank card details.

Phishing Type 2016

The ‘hook’ to get you to take an action is claiming to be a trusted source and using their logos and typical contents or messages. The top 4 sources were government bodies, banks, online payment providers (e.g. Paypal) and IT companies. 

Protecting yourself

Be suspicious of unexpected emails, phone calls and texts

Make sure you have applied the latest security updates to your operating system and applications - this includes security updates on phones and the apps you have.

Make sure you have backups, and they have been tested. Hopefully, you will never need to restore any data, but you don't want to find something is missing, or the backup is corrupt when you need it

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