Smishing Attacks: Be Careful of What You Click On!

According to a report from Security Boulevard, 84% of organizations reported smishing attacks in 2019 alone.

Some Recent Reports on Smishing Attacks

The PayPal Smishing Campaign

The Allied Irish Bank (AIB) Smishing Campaign

(Source: Google)

Measures to Mitigate the Threat

  • Avoid clicking on links: Never click on the link embedded in a message if you are not sure of who is the sender. Also, avoid replying to unsolicited messages asking you for personal information.
  • Confirm the sender: If you receive a message from an individual or a company associated with you or your organization, confirm the sender by making a phone call before responding to the text.
  • Look out for scam messages: Be aware of messages that come from numbers that consist of only 5 digits. This can be a cyber criminals’ strategy to mask their identity and location so that it can’t be traced.
  • Sense of urgency: Messages from threat actors always urge you to respond quickly and hastily without thinking. This can be a clear sign of smishing. Always take your time to make sure that you are receiving the messages from a legitimate individual or business before you respond.
  • Educate the employees: Provide your employees with cyber security awareness training using tools like ThreatCop to make them aware of how various cyber threats look like and how to avoid them. ThreatCop simulates the most common cyber attacks, including smishing attacks, to train the employees on how to think and react when such attacks occur.

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