Phishing Simulator

Overview



What is Phishing?

Phishing is a common and fast spreading method of fraud where cyber criminals create authentic-looking emails or websites to trick victims into sharing personal or financial data. Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target or targets are communicated by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords.


How phishing attack works?

In a phishing attack the hacker, send malicious emails, which tend to look like it is from a legitimate source, to trick victims to perform the requested action on the mail.

This action can be either downloading a malicious software, clicking a fake login link to capture the victim's credentials, or even confirming or resetting any password, etc.


What are the three steps of a phishing attack?

  1. Sending legitimate looking mails
  2. Tricking the users to perform an action to trigger the attack
  3. Get access to victim's personal info, credentials, system, etc.


What are the methods of phishing?

  • Standard phishing - is the attempt of stealing confidential information by pretending to be an authorized person or organization.

  • Malware phishing - the attacker tricks the target to click a link or download an attachment that contains malicious bugs that can be installed on a machine and infect it. This is currently the most widely used form of phishing attack.

  • Spear phishing - this phishing attack involves predefined, high-dollar targets—like a CEO, founder, or public personal.

  • Smishing - uses text messaging as a method for sending malicious links, to trap mobile users.

  • Vishing - Vishing involves an attacker calling a target pretending to be from a legitimate organization and trying to extract personal information, such as banking or credit card information.

  • Pharming (DNS poisoning) - is a technically sophisticated form of phishing which involves the domain name system (DNS) of the internet. Pharming technique involves rerouting legitimate web traffic to a spoofed page without the knowledge of the user, in order to steal sensitive information.

  • Clone phishing - the attacker makes changes to any previously sent email by swapping the legitimate link, attachment, or other element with a malicious one.

  • Man-In-The-Middle phishing - man-in-the-middle attack are often carried out by creating phony public Wi-Fi networks at coffee shops, shopping malls, and other public locations which involves an eavesdropper monitoring correspondence between two parties. When this attack is performed to steal user-credentials or any critical information, it is called a man-in-the-middle phishing attack.

  • BEC (Business Email Compromise) - One of the most expensive threats facing businesses today is business email compromise. This includes a bogus email that claims to be an urgent request asking for payment or purchase from someone within, or associated with a target's company.

  • Malvertising - Malvertising is often embedded with malicious code in simple-looking ads, which is placed within a legitimate site to steal information from targeted users.


How do I stop being phished?

  • Do not click on links from unknown senders.

  • Hover over suspicious links to make sure it contains a legit URL.

  • Check for the following issues when you are suspicious of a phishing attempt: sender name, salutation specificity, physical address and unsubscribe button on the footer. When in doubt, delete.

  • Contact the brand or service provider via another channel (their website or by calling a customer service line, for instance) if you're not sure if a communication is legitimate.

  • Do not enter personally identifiable information unless you are extremely confident in the identity of the person with whom you are communicating.


Can training help reduce phishing attacks?

Training helps in educating the general people and employees against phishing attacks. The training with awareness and practical tests helps people to understand how phishing exactly happens and how to identify phishing attacks and not fall prey to them.


What is a Phishing As A Service?

Phishing as a Service is a phishing stimulation created for organizations to test their employees for phishing attacks that are widely increasing.

The stimulation report creates interesting insights on "Who opened the email?" Who clicked the mock link? And Who completely fell prey to the simulation attack?

This information helps organizations to raise awareness by training employees and make their teams more resilient to phishing attacks.


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