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Dangerous Business of Phishing

Dangerous Business of Phishing

 Dangerous Business of Phishing
 

 

Once primarily a consumer concern, businesses now face the threat of corporate phishing. A recent IDG News Service article reported that in August 2006, the Anti-Phishing Group counted 19,000 phishing URLs. By October, the number had nearly doubled to 35,000. Phishing attacks have increased not only in volume but also in sophistication with criminal organizations emerging solely committed to developing new attack techniques.

The word “phishing” comes from the analogy that Internet scammers are using e-mail lures to fish for passwords and financial data from the sea of Internet users. The term was coined in 1996 by hackers who were stealing AOL Internet accounts by scamming passwords from unsuspecting AOL users. Since hackers have a tendency to replace "f" with "ph" the term phishing was derived.

Are you aware of the impact that a phishing attack may have on your business? Raymond Rent-A-Nerd can assist you in determining the best protection for your business. We have products that fight phishing attacks as well as other inbound threats including spam and viruses.

To learn more about phishing, see this article from Webopedia. Additionally, take the SonicWALL Phishing IQ Test to see if you can identify a phishing scam from a legitimate e-mail.

 

 


                  

 

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