Doug Bedell — April 10, 2015, 10:50 am

Be Mindful Of, and Vigilant Against, ‘Phishing’

It’s not only individuals, but employers, who need to be up on the nature of computer “phishing” attacks. Rohan Ramesh on IBM’s Security Intelligence blog advises that “Spear Phishing Attacks are growing in number and are getting more sophisticated in nature, targeting individuals and employees in various organizations to gain entry into the corporate network.

“They use,” he continues, “personal information such as name, job title and shopping preferences to craft the perfect phishing email unsuspecting victims will assume is legitimate. This information is becoming easier to obtain, since we give out our information willingly to many online and social mediums in order to get discounts on goods and connect with friends and colleagues…The question is no longer if you will be breached, but when.”

So be wary. Wikipedia defines “phishing” as “the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.” It derives from the idea of “using fake bait in an attempt to catch a victim.”

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