Kylie Addision Sabra
October 7, 2019
Phishing comes in many guises. Over the coming weeks, I will introduce you to the most shifty and their techniques. The phisherfolk are a talented group whose personas are as varied as their purposes. We’ll take a walk through their film noir world and get to know them well.
Circlets of smoke rise from Spear Phisherman’s Meerschaum pipe as he shuffles through piles of paperwork. His determination to learn as much about his prey as possible keeps him awake well into the wee hours. When he is finished, he knows the ins and outs of your organization and he knows exactly to whom he wants to direct his pre-meditated attack. He runs his finger across a well-worn photograph of his intended victim and whispers, “It’s not personal.”
Session Highjacker reaches right through your screen. He grabs your web session and collects your data. How does he know? You see. He’s a dog lover and he never sets out on a phishing expedition without his tenacious bloodhound at his side. He uses his “sniffer” to detect your information and pre-determines whether you are a worthy trophy for his wall. He gives a low whistle and smiles that satisfied smile. “Yes. You will fit nicely right next to my Marlin.”
Mr. Content Injection
Content Injection brings more sophisticated resources on his phishing trips. He is a master of disguise, with a bit of quick-change artist mixed in. By altering just a portion of a web page, he can have you unwittingly, traipsing down his pathway to getting your personal information.
Ransomware comes with that tall, dark and scary persona. He lurks in the shadows with his dark trench coat pulled up about his neck and his black fedora tilted low over his squinty eyes. Social media is one of his favorite haunts. He will kidnap your first born, or at least your website or your business computers, and hold them for ransom. You are dead in the water until you pay up.
Jane Phisherwoman – The Drama Queen of Email/Spam
Her tricks are so simple, you could call her Plain Jane; although I wouldn’t suggest doing it to her face. She’s not known for being choosey and she phishes with dynamite–sometimes blasting millions at a time. She is the drama queen of the phishing fleet. Her messages come draped in angst and urgency.
She adopts the siren’s song as her voice comes to you–breathy and anxious. “You must change your password to protect your compromised account,” she whispers. Or, “We must have your account information so we can send you the millions of dollars your long lost cousin Humphrey in Kathmandu has left you.” Or . . . Okay. She isn’t always that dramatic, but she can be. And, surprisingly, people take the worm–dare I say it?–hook, line and sinker. Her hooks are baited to trick you into parting with your precious personal information. For all her banality, she is the most prolific of our phisherfolk. We’ll get to know her much better in our next Tech Tips article.
Phishing, Smishing and Vishing–Oh My!
I have barely introduced you to just a few in this cast of questionable characters. There are many methods and pathways to liberating you from your critical data and we’ll cover them here in Tech Tips. Zen Techworks offers reliable and guaranteed protections against the phisherfolk, in all their many guises.