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Beware of social engineering attacks

After a hurricane or other natural disaster gets a lot of media attention, scammers will pose as charities via emails and phone calls, claiming that they’re collecting donations to aid the victims. This is an example of social engineering. Protect yourself from this kind of fraud by researching the source and confirming their legitimacy before […]

What is a smishing attack?

Smishing is a form of social engineering that exploits SMS, or text, messages. Text messages can contain links to such things as webpages, email addresses or phone numbers that when clicked may automatically open a browser window or email message or dial a number. This integration of email, voice, text message, and web browser functionality […]

What is a vishing attack?

Vishing is the social engineering approach that leverages voice communication. This technique can be combined with other forms of social engineering that entice a victim to call a certain number and divulge sensitive information. Advanced vishing attacks can take place completely over voice communications by exploiting Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solutions and broadcasting services. […]

What is a social engineering attack?

In a social engineering attack, an attacker uses human interaction (social skills) to obtain or compromise information about an organization or its computer systems. An attacker may seem unassuming and respectable, possibly claiming to be a new employee, repair person, or researcher and even offering credentials to support that identity. However, by asking questions, he […]

What is a social engineering attack?

In a social engineering attack, an attacker uses human interaction (social skills) to obtain or compromise information about an individual or organization computer system. An attacker may seem unassuming and respectable, possibly claiming to be a new employee, repair person, or researcher and even offering credentials to support that identity. However, by asking questions, he […]

Recognize social engineering schemes in chats and direct messages

Chats and direct messages are essential features of platforms like social networks and online gaming service. Their popularity makes them common conduits for social engineering scams, though. Never click suspicious links or give out sensitive information in these exchanges, especially not to people you’ve just met.