Free Newsletter
Register for our Free Newsletters
Newsletter
Zones
Access Control
LeftNav
Alarms
LeftNav
Biometrics
LeftNav
Detection
LeftNav
Deutsche Zone (German Zone)
LeftNav
Education, Training and Professional Services
LeftNav
Government Programmes
LeftNav
Guarding, Equipment and Enforcement
LeftNav
Industrial Computing Security
LeftNav
IT Security
LeftNav
Physical Security
LeftNav
Surveillance
LeftNav
View All
Other Carouselweb publications
Carousel Web
Defense File
New Materials
Pro Health Zone
Pro Manufacturing Zone
Pro Security Zone
Web Lec
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
 
News

Tax Phishing Fraud Uses Social Engineering As Its Basis

Lumension Security : 16 August, 2010  (Technical Article)
Cyber criminals increase levels of social engineering sophistication to gain sensitive information, often luring victims unknowingly into a scam
The closure of 180 websites responsible for an income tax 'phishing' scam over the past three months represents another stage in the ongoing rise of 'the social engineer'. Alan Bentley, SVP International for endpoint security specialist Lumension, comments:

"The scale and sophistication of the tax phishing scam just demonstrates the lengths at which hackers will go to obtain information. It is not just the easily fooled that are lured in. The simple fact is that people won't always recognise a bogus email or an unauthorised website.

"By playing on an emotive topic like child's benefits or personal finance and offering people the opportunity to reclaim some cash, coupled with the disguise of a trusted name, scammers are tapping in to an instant source of information - which they can then harvest and use for malicious purposes.

"With the financial risk of people losing money from these scams, banks and organisations have a responsibility to enhance their security measures to mitigate against unauthorised access to funds. Organisations are now moving towards a more proactive security model to help protect against. People and organisations need to wise up and get smarter to these scams."
Bookmark and Share
 
Home I Editor's Blog I News by Zone I News by Date I News by Category I Special Reports I Directory I Events I Advertise I Submit Your News I About Us I Guides
 
   © 2012 ProSecurityZone.com
Netgains Logo