Spear fishing sounds great and brings up lovely images of crystal clear water, warm temperatures and hours and hours of leisure…let’s all take a moment and think on that… Ok, I’m good.
Spear Phishing, on the other hand…not so good. It’s email spoofing that specifically targets businesses. Currently around 38% of phishing emails go out on Fridays, and feature genuine links. However, after the weekend, cyber-nasties compromise the web link. Why wait the weekend, you ask? When the email is received on Friday, because it contains real links, it doesn’t trigger your businesses’ spam and email security filters. They are counting on the likelihood that the email won’t get opened on Friday, and that they will have time to compromise the URL before you get to it on Monday.
Moral of the story, beware of any unsolicited emails from suspicious locations. And if a long-lost relative or an Iranian Prince emails you asking for money (a loan, of course), save yourself the money and delete the email immediately.
If you receive, or are aware of, a email/internet scam – let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll pass it along!