When you receive an email from one of your colleagues, how do you know it’s from them? You’ll probably recognise their name. But what about their email address? What about the link they’ve sent you that you weren’t expecting? These days, cybercriminals are going to new lengths to corrupt businesses like yours.
This week’s cyber security top tip is around social engineering, which is where hackers try to manipulate people’s behaviour to gain more information. These hackers aren’t obsessed with cracking complicated computer systems or firewalls. Instead, they focus on one of the only security weak links you have inside your organisation: PEOPLE.
What to watch out for
We’ve been seeing cybercriminals use the internet to learn more and more about people and where they work. Then, these hackers create a phony email address and an email template before sending an email to people inside that organisation, addressed from one of their colleagues. They try to lure people into clicking certain links, providing their details or forwarding the email on to someone else.
How do you tell?
We’ve seen this happen and in almost every situation, those who’ve been caught out have always said, in hindsight, they thought the email looked suspicious. Yet, they still responded and clicked on links they shouldn’t have.
It sounds simple. But our top tip is to take a few seconds before responding to an email or clicking on any links. If it looks slightly odd, or the tone of voice isn’t quite right, then it’s probably a cyber-attack.