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Recent Examples of phishing from the Web
The phishing email came from a hacker who pretended to be a company employee.
The material includes advice for designating a single manager to lead a cybersecurity program, and for avoiding common security threats such as phishing, and other guidance, said Ms. Todt.
The invasions included ransomware, which makes a computer's files unusable unless the device's user or owner pays a ransom, and phishing, in which emails that look legitimate are used to steals information.
Disney’s government fell victim to an email phishing scheme that ended up costing about $94,000, documents show.
The investigation revealed that Ojo controlled the email accounts used in the phishing scheme, officials said.
Meanwhile, the people behind phishing attacks are getting much better.
Typically, if a user clicks on a link in a phishing email, that malicious code is able to spread throughout the network unimpeded, stealing secrets or shutting down key functions of the device-like opening a door to a home.
Ohio State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham are among those that have recently used phishing simulations as preventive education.
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Did You Know?
Phishing is one of the many new computer-related terms that have found their way into the general lexicon over the past decade or so. Its "ph" spelling is influenced by an earlier word for an illicit act: "phreaking." Phreaking involves fraudulently using an electronic device to avoid paying for telephone calls, and its name is suspected of being a shortening of "phone freak." A common phishing scam involves sending e-mails that appear to come from banks requesting recipients to verify their accounts by typing personal details, such as credit card information, into a Web site that has been disguised to look like the real thing. Such scams can be thought of as "fishing" for naive recipients.
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