5 Types of Phishing Attack Techniques
Phishing attacks are becoming more and more prevalent in today’s online world. They can be a severe threat to individuals and businesses alike, as they aim to steal sensitive information such as login credentials, financial data, and personal information. These attacks use social engineering techniques to trick people into revealing confidential information or performing an action compromising their security. The most common way hackers execute this attack is through email, text and phone calls. But did you know that there are different types of phishing attacks? Each type uses a different method to deceive the victim. In this article, we’ll explore five types of phishing attacks you should be aware of to keep yourself and your business safe from potential security breaches. Masser Technologies provides training and detection for these attacks and many other cyber-related attacks.
1. Baiting: Baiting is a social engineering attack where attackers offer an enticing item or service to lure victims into revealing sensitive information or performing actions that compromise security. The bait can be a free gift, a prize, or a job offer. Once the victim falls for the bait, the attacker can use that information to launch further attacks.
2. Scare-ware: Scare-ware is a type of malware that uses scare tactics or false claims to trick users into believing their computer is infected with a virus or other malicious software. The attacker then offers a fake solution to remove the non-existent threat, such as bogus antivirus software or a paid service. The victim ends up paying for a fake solution or downloading more malware.
3. Pretexting: Pretexting is a social engineering attack where an attacker creates a false scenario or pretext to gain access to sensitive information. The attacker might impersonate an authority figure or use a fake identity to gain the victim’s trust. Once the victim believes the pretext, they may reveal sensitive information or perform an action compromising their security.
4. Phishing: Phishing is a social engineering attack where attackers use email, text messages, or other communication channels to impersonate a trustworthy source, such as a bank or a company, to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or performing an action. The attacker may steal login credentials or financial data from a fake website or a fraudulent link.
5. Spear Phishing: Spear Phishing is a targeted form of phishing where attackers focus on a specific individual or organization to gain access to sensitive information. The attacker may use personalized messages or information to trick the victim into revealing sensitive information or performing an action. Spear phishing attacks are often harder to detect than regular ones, as they are tailored to the victim’s interests and habits.