Content Category: Attack Vectors

An “attack vector” is a method or pathway used by a hacker or malicious software to gain unauthorized access to a system.

Cybercriminals Target Your Holiday Cheer

There is an increase in cybercrime around Christmas and New Year that can be attributed to the holiday season’s unique online behaviors and opportunities that attract cybercriminals. During this period, there’s a surge in online shopping as people rush to buy gifts, often leading to a relaxed approach to clicking links and making transactions. This frenzy makes it easier for scammers to create fake websites or send phishing emails and smishing (SMS phishing) messages that mimic popular retailers or special holiday deals, thus capturing credit card details and personal information.

Don’t Trust Your Ears

Vishing, a blend of “voice” and “phishing,” is a type of social engineering attack where scammers use phone calls to trick individuals into disclosing sensitive information. This technique can be particularly effective when the scammer impersonates a trusted authority, such as an IT support or service desk professional. 

Your Phone May Be Lying to You

Smishing, a portmanteau of “SMS” and “phishing,” is a type of cyber attack where scammers use text messages to trick recipients into divulging personal information, financial details, or security credentials. Unlike traditional phishing which primarily uses emails, smishing exploits our reliance on smartphones, the generally weakness of SMS security filters, and the perception that text messages are more trustworthy than emails.