Phishing: An Interesting Twist On A Common Scam

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Phishing: An Interesting Twist On A Common Scam

After Two Security Assessments I Must Be Secure, Right?


Imagine you arerepparttar 140843 CIO of a national financial institution and you've recently deployed a state ofrepparttar 140844 art online transaction service for your customers. To make sure your company's network perimeter is secure, you executed two external security assessments and penetration tests. When repparttar 140845 final report came in, your company was given a clean bill of health. At first, you felt relieved, and confident in your security measures. Shortly thereafter, your relief turned to concern. "Is it really possible that we are completely secure?" Given you're skepticism, you decide to get one more opinion. The day ofrepparttar 140846 penetration test report delivery is now at hand. Based onrepparttar 140847 previous assessments, you expect to receive nothing but positive information......

The Results Were Less Than Pleasing


During this penetration test, there were several interesting findings, but we are going to focus on one that would knock repparttar 140848 wind out of anyone responsible forrepparttar 140849 security of online systems. Particularly if you are inrepparttar 140850 business of money.

Most people are familiar withrepparttar 140851 term "Phishing". definesrepparttar 140852 word Phishing as "the practice of luring unsuspecting Internet users to a fake Web site by using authentic-looking email withrepparttar 140853 real organization's logo, in an attempt to steal passwords, financial or personal information, or introduce a virus attack;repparttar 140854 creation of a Web site replica for fooling unsuspecting Internet users into submitting personal or financial information or passwords". Although SPAM / unsolicited e-mail and direct web server compromise arerepparttar 140855 most common methods of Phishing. There are other ways to accomplish this fraudulent activity.

Internet Router Compromise Makes For A Bad Day In this case,repparttar 140856 Internet router was compromised by using a well-known CISCO vulnerability. Once this was accomplished, repparttar 140857 sky wasrepparttar 140858 limit as far as what could be done to impact repparttar 140859 organization. Even thoughrepparttar 140860 company's web server was secure, andrepparttar 140861 Firewall that was protectingrepparttar 140862 web server was configured adequately, what took place next made these defense systems irrelevant.

Instead of setting up a duplicate login site on an external system, then sending out SPAM in order to entice a customer to give up their user ID, password, and account numbers, another approach, a much more nefarious approach was taken.

Phishing For Personal Or Financial Information


Attracting More People To Your Web Site

Written by Dan Brown

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