As serious as they are, cyberattacks aren’t always given the most serious-sounding names.
We are, of course, referring to “phishing”: the manipulation of the user, rather than of a computer system, to gain access to data. Phishing can come in many forms, with some—like phishing someone via SMS message—doubling down on the silliness of the name. Let’s examine this variety, and why “smishing” is not something to trifle with.
Amy Rutt, November 19, 2021
Avoiding phishing requires you to be able to spot them, so let’s go over the different varieties of phishing that can be encountered.
Despite the name being mildly amusing, phishing attacks are no laughing matter. These scams, in all their different forms, wreak havoc on businesses—ranking as the top breach threat in the 2020 edition of Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report, and successfully impacting 65 percent of United States organizations in 2019 as reported by Proofpoint’s 2020 State of the Phish Report.
Mleate Asmare, November 19, 2021