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What is Phishing Email Attack ?

What is Phishing Email ?

have you ever received an email claims from maybank2u, cimb , aeon credits, ambank ask you to click a link or responds their email with your personal credential accounts ?

yes, most of us in malaysia that have an email address always get that. the email seems genuine from the institutional but actualy is a phishing email create by hacker, it is a type of social engineering so technically it is difficult to be block as they can't be detected by firewall and email filters.

below is a best explanation for you to know about phishing email.

Phishing is a form of social engineering. Phishing attacks can either use email or malicious websites to solicit personal information by posing as a trustworthy organization.

For example, an attacker may send email seemingly from a reputable credit card company or financial institution that requests account information, often suggesting that there is a problem.

When users respond with the requested information, attackers can use it to gain access to their accounts.Phishing attacks may also come from other types of organizations, such as charities.

Attackers often take advantage of current events and certain times of the year, such as natural disasters (e.g., Hurricane Katrina, Indonesian tsunami) epidemics and health scares (e.g., H1N1) economic concerns (e.g., IRS scams)major political elections holidays

How to avoid from being a victim?

Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls, visits, or email messages from individuals asking about employees or other internal information. If an unknown individual claims to be from a legitimate organization, try to verify his or her identity directly with the company.

Do not provide personal information or information about your organization, including its structure or networks, unless you are certain of a person's authority to have the information.

Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information. This includes following links sent in email.

Don't send sensitive information over the Internet before checking a website's security (see Protecting Your Privacy for more information).

Pay attention to the URL of a websites. Malicious websites may look identical view to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (e.g., .com vs. .net).

If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, try to verify it by contacting the company directly.

What to do if you think you are a victim of Phishing attacks.

If you believe you might have revealed sensitive information about your organization, report it to the appropriate people within the organization, including network administrators. They can be alert for any suspicious or unusual activity.

If you believe your financial accounts may be compromised, contact your financial institution immediately and close any accounts that may have been compromised. Watch for any unexplainable charges to your account.

Immediately change any passwords you might have revealed. If you used the same password for multiple resources, make sure to change it for each account, and do not use that password in the future.
Install and maintain anti-virus software, firewalls, and email filters to reduce some of this traffic

Take advantage of any anti-phishing features offered by your email client, web browser or even your company.
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