Online Targeted Attacks - Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union

Be aware of fake emails regarding stolen personal data

April 6, 2021

Ransom Gangs Emailing Victim Customers for Leverage* – Some of the top ransomware gangs are deploying a new pressure tactic to push more victim organizations into paying an extortion demand: Emailing the victim’s customers and partners directly, warning that their data will be leaked to the dark web unless they can convince the victim firm […]

Social Engineering Defined

September 2, 2020

Social engineering* is a manipulation technique that exploits human error to gain private information, access, or valuables. In cybercrime, these “human hacking” scams tend to lure unsuspecting users into exposing data, spreading malware infections, or giving access to restricted systems. Attacks can happen online, in-person, and via other interactions. Scams based on social engineering are […]

Pretexting Defined

September 2, 2020

Pretexting* is the act of creating and using an invented scenario (the pretext) to engage a targeted victim in a manner that increases the chance the victim will divulge information or perform actions that would be unlikely in ordinary circumstances. An elaborate lie, it most often involves some prior research or setup and the use of […]

What is Vishing?

September 2, 2020

Vishing* is the voice version of phishing. “V” stands for voice, but otherwise, the scam attempt is the same. The criminal uses the phone to trick a victim into handing over valuable information. Example A criminal might call an employee, posing as a co-worker. The criminal might prevail upon the victim to provide login credentials […]

SMiShing Attacks

August 31, 2020

Using a combination of a text and a phone call, scammers are tricking people into giving up personal banking information so they can log into their online banking accounts. This rapidly growing scam uses a text sent by fraudsters that says it is a “fraud alert.” The text asks the user if they made a […]

What is Pharming?

August 31, 2020

Pharming crimeware misdirects users to fraudulent sites or proxy servers, typically through DNS hijacking or poisoning. The fraudster can either change the hosts file on a consumer’s computer or typically, the criminal can somehow get into an ISP’s server and change the web site’s IP address so that when you type in a web site […]

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