I won the lottery!

People must still be falling for these kind of phishing attacks where you get a notice about getting something for nothing as I saw this in my spam folder today saying I won the “Espanyol Lotter”. I sincerely hope that if ever you see these messages that offer something for nothing that your Phishing and Spam senses start going off. Think before you click a link or respond to an email!


FROM:THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT.
ESPANYOL LOTTERY AWARD.
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
CALLE PIVON Y SANCHEZ NO 8 2B.
28014, MADRID, SPAIN.
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SMS Phishing

I received a text message today and it made me think about an increase in phishing attacks via text messaging or SMS. You’ll recall that phishing is using a social engineering technique to get you to respond by clicking or trying to login or give your personal info to a fake website. This usually comes in via email or social media. We are starting to see them via text messages.

They are likely the usual form of phishing methods but using a new medium.

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So I could be curious and reply back to find out who this is, but then they’d know this is a live number with a curious owner. It certainly could be someone who knows me but I don’t recognize the number so I’ll leave this unanswered.

A bigger danger in these random sms phishing messages is links that could dial a charge number if you tap on them, or take you to a website which might ask for your location via your gps or try and get you to submit your info.

Here’s an article with some more info http://www.scmagazine.com/security-firm-notes-sharp-increase-in-sms-phishing-attacks/article/258276/

For more blog posts and Phishing have a look at our previous posts http://www.prn.bc.ca/ts/?s=Phishing&submit=Search

Think before you click and keep your personal info safe.

Gone Phishing

Email services are regularly receiving phishing attacks. Our servers block many but a few get by on occasion.

A Phishing attack is usually  an official sounding email about a bank, ebay, paypal, facebook, etc that is looking to get you to follow a link to fill in information about yourself or account information so that your account isn’t closed, a fee isn’t charged to your credit card, or something else that gives us a worried emotional response. Best thing to do with these emails is to delete them. Occasionally they come with a message to open a zip file. Our email server strips zip files as they are a traditional way to send a virus to unsuspecting users.

For more info for you or your staff have a look at the wikipedia article on phishing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing