Each holiday, no matter what it is, brings greetings from friends and families celebrating the holiday. A lot of time, the greetings come in the form of a simple email, other times, it is a link to an electronic card.
Hackers take the holidays for a chance to do some phishing. No not fishing, but phishing. Phishing is the quest for getting a chance to find things out about you. Last night I watched “Now You See Me.” In one of the scenes, the character Arthur Tressler, played by Michael Caine, challenges J. Daniel Atlas, played by Jesse Eisenberg, that he cannot be read. J. Daniel starts making statements about Arthur’s dog to which Arthur sets him straight saying I didn’t have a dog. I had a cat and it’s name was… The scenario went one more time where J. Daniel attempted to read the type of childhood Arthur had. Again, Arthur said he was wrong and gave up some information about his family. Later in the movie, the information provided was used against him to crack a bank account that Arthur owned.
What J. Daniel did was phishing. Hackers do the same thing by sending you emails that look to be legitimate and the real thing. However, the motive behind it is to gain access to your information, your account, or your computer. You may not be the ultimate target, but merely a stepping stone to get to the final destination.
The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (USCERT) each holiday issues a reminder to everyone to be careful about the emails and ecards you open. Their Easter Alert (follow the link) provides some tips on what to avoid when it comes to these types of communication.
don’t follow link or open emails from people you don’t know.
it someone you do know, but seems like it is an email they would not normally send then don’t open it.
Think twice and take a cyber 360.