What is phishing?

Phishing is a type of social engineering cyberattack that is designed to trick users into handing over sensitive information such as login credentials or bank account numbers. These attacks usually are in the based off an email or instant message that imitates legitimate brands, or users. These kind of attacks also evolve on daily basis as attackers gets smarter. There are many types of cyberattacks that hackers use to gain information, files, and other assets from individuals and companies. As cybersecurity solutions become more effective compared to traditional types of attacks, hackers are leveraging the human nature of users to bypass security measures.

Common phishing techniques: sense of urgency

  • Emails from fake businesses asking for personal or sensitive information.

  • Emails from fake financial institutions asking for bank account numbers and passwords.

  • Emails from government agencies asking for personal information.

  • Messages on social media that ask you to log in with your username and password.

  • Emails from known or unknown emails with link to another fake websites.

Different Types of phishing attacks

  • Spear Phishing
  • Whaling email Phishing
  • Mass Campaigns
  • Ambulance Chasing Scams / Phishing
  • Pretexting
  • Mobile Phishing
  • Man-in-the-Middle
  • Wi-Fi Twin

Reporting phishing scams report phishing email

If you or a client of yours fall victim to a phishing attack there are things that can be done to try to recover your details, protect others, and stop attackers from causing further damage, report the attack to your government.
Further information by Government of Canada

Report Fraud and Scams in Canada: Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

How to defend against scams and phishing?

There are many ways to protect against these kind of organized attacks.

  • Regular training of staff and customers

  • Learn the psychological triggers

  • Build a positive security culture

  • Implement technical measures e.g. email security or anti-phishing solutions

  • Test the effectiveness of the training

At Bizbro we offer comprehensive security bundle along with our IT solutions to protect your business as part of our Managed Services in Vancouver. Ask our experts for more information.