Despite the best efforts of network technicians and cyber security officers, occasionally e-mails sneak through that can threaten data security.
The SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network Security) Institute, recently produced a list of the Internet’s 20 most critical computer and network security vulnerabilities. It is the largest source for information security training and certification in the world and develops, maintains and makes available at no cost the largest collection of research documents about information security. SANS also operates the Internet’s early warning system, Internet Storm Center.
ITD Cyber Security Officer Forrest Anderson calls special attention to new forms of “phishing” that can coax Internet users into unknowingly exposing personal information.
“The reason I am emphasizing the Phishing Threat is because some Phishing e-mails still get through the state’s Spam filters and some of these newer types of Phishing have been reported,” Anderson explains. “Please use the link (SANS Top 20) and see what other threats are prevalent throughout the Internet.”
The person/audio unit on the other end of the voice phone line might claim that your account will be closed or other problems could occur if you don't respond.
message may look like it comes from your employer or from a colleague
who might send an e-mail message to everyone in the company, such as
the head of human resources or the person who manages the computer systems.
The message could include requests for user names or passwords or tell
recipients to download malicious attachments from an infected Web site.
Some reports show that the senior management of an organization, such
as the CEO, president or vice president, may be targeted with the most
of Phishing: Online identity theft
With the advance of the Internet, the traditional fraud schemes became magnified, in particular with online identity theft crimes.
The word "phishing" was first used around 1996 when hackers began stealing America On-Line accounts by sending e-mail to AOL users, that appeared to come from AOL.
Phishing attacks now target users of online banking, payment services such as PayPal, online e-commerce sites, and Web-based e-mail sites. Phishing attacks are growing quickly in number and sophistication. In fact, most major banks in the USA, the UK and Australia have been hit with phishing attacks