Security Hints + Tips — Pretexting

Pretexting is when the bad guys create a false scenario using a made-up identity or pose as someone you know. They can even pose as employees of bank or credit card companies to manipulate you into divulging personal or sensitive information. How it Works: Common Tactics of InfluenceThe bad guys will try to persuade you into giving them sensitive information. Oftentimes, the information that they need is not specific to your organization. Below are examples of two common tactics used to influence victims in pretexting scenarios: Pretexting with AuthorityYou receive a call at work from someone demanding immediate assistance. They…

Security Hints + Tips

Don’t Be Fooled by Workspace Tools Many organizations use platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Google Drive, or Zoom to stay connected. Unfortunately, these trusted communication tools can lead to a false sense of security. Just like with traditional email, bad guys can use these platforms to launch a cyber attack. Below are three examples of how cybercriminals use these platforms for phishing—and what you can do to keep your organization safe Lurking Recently, a cybercriminal gained access to an organization’s Microsoft Teams channel, which is similar to a group message or a chat room. The scammer lurked in the channel…

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