Monday, August 5, 2013

Spear Phishing… & Why You *Need* to be Careful

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As most of you know, I do a lot of testing, tinkering, and breaking of things as part of my job as Technology Editor for Dental Products Report and as my "other job" of consultant to manufacturers and other companies involved in the sphere of healthcare and information technology.
 
I recently received the following spear phishing scan and thought I would share it with all of you.
 
The graphic above was received as part of an email from a very "bland"email address.  
 
Since I get a fair amount of shipments to my office, this particular email didn't' stand out as something suspicious.  However, over the years I've learned to be careful whenever someone wants me to click on something & provide them some information.
 
It's especially susupicious to me when an email asks me to click on something & download a file.  In this case it was to download a mailing label.  Now logic would say that if the company hasn't been able to deliver my package, I shouldn't need to download a mailing label, but I didn't' really think about that.  Instead, what I did was to hover my mouse over the "download mailing label" area to see what the hyperlink was.
 
In case you didn't know, leaving your mouse over a link will usually cause the link to show up, either at the bottom of the page or sometimes just floating by the mouse cursor.  By doing this, I was able to see that the link was in no way related to DHL and was directing me to some strange site I'd never heard of.  Needless to say, I didn't click.
 
The moral to the story is that by being cautious, taking your time to really think things through, and analyzing the potential threats, you can help avoid mistakes that can give the bad guys your data.
 
Safe surfing!

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