IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: Phishing Attacks Keep Proliferating: How to Recognize Them

By Fahmida Y. Rashid  |  Posted 2011-05-23 Print this article Print
Password Resets

Password Resets

Perhaps the most well-known type of phishing, the email claims something is wrong with the user account and asks that the user log in to reset or secure the account. This may be a link to a page or an attached HTML file.
In light of recent data breaches, compromised companies and security experts have warned users to be vigilant about phishing attacks as cyber-thieves try to trick users into giving up sensitive information, such as bank account numbers, log-in credentials and credit card numbers. With potentially 60 million email addresses stolen from email marketing firm Epsilon and 100 million user accounts compromised on Sony's various online services, it feels like practically anyone online may be a target of a spear-phishing attack, and that's not even including all the other victims from other incidents. To learn about the forms phishing attacks may take, eWEEK sat down with Dave Jevans, chairman of security firm Iron Key, Forewarned is forearmed, right? Except it appears that cyber-criminals have come a long way since the days of poorly written and nearly imcomprehensible messages that used to presage a phishing attack. "Hackers are actively trying to get the information," Jevans told eWEEK. And looking at the list in this slide show, we aren't sure we would recognize some of these tricks as scams. Would you?

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