Hackers will do anything to hack your network, steal money, or gain access to sensitive data. Hackers are also incredibly lazy. While they could compete with you in single cybersecurity combat; your firewalls vs their blackhat skills, they’d rathe take the coward’s way and trick an employee into breaching security for them.
This is known as a social engineering hack; When a hacker uses phone, email, or chat to fool an employee into using their own access to expose the network to malware, wire money, or send over sensitive information. The reason it works is beacuse hackers are good at coming up with a con-artists’s line that convinces staff members that they are legitmate despite any warning signs.
The best defense against this type of attack is to know what’s coming. not only that clicking links and doing unconfirmed favors is bad, but the types of lines that hackers use and why they have worked in the past. So let’s dive right into the psychology and methods of the social hacker. Continue Reading
Phishing and other related forms of socially engineered hacking are among the biggest realistic threats to business data security. No matter how cutting-edge your firewall and virus scanning software may be, one employee checking their email or responding to a customer service ticket can still ‘invite’ ransomware and worse onto your internal business network by accident.
Social engineering hacks rely on causing the ‘human error’ factor of security breaches. They trick people using fake domain names, fake accounts that look like trusted contacts, and fake scenarios that fool or scare targets into clicking on an infected link or sharing sensitive information. This means that it is vital for every employee of every modern company to understand how social engineering hacks work and take steps to active avoid getting phished. Continue Reading
While many things change online, there will always be scams you need to watch out for. If you want to enjoy the best of modern technology you need to take cyber security very seriously. Scammers will look for any way to separate you from your money. When you know what they’re up to you can usually avoid their nefarious schemes. Here are some of the top scams to avoid in 2019. Continue Reading
Most phishing email goes after mass targets. It’s not particularly well-crafted, but the senders expect that if they hit enough mailboxes, some victims will open the attachment or visit the malicious website. A growing portion, though, targets specific companies or individuals with carefully crafted messages. It’s called spearphishing. When it’s aimed at high-profile individuals or large assets, it’s also called whaling — going after really big fish. (All right, a whale isn’t really a fish.) Continue Reading