Terence Hillton, Negosentro | With the strengthening and advancements in technology nowadays, various forms of cybercrime have also become stronger and more complex. In the past decade alone, malware, man-in-the-middle attacks, and data leaks have risen to become the most widespread and concerning threats for individuals and organizations that have used mobile devices as part of their daily lives and activities.
However, a new threat is on the horizon, and the world has yet to set the alarm on this lurking yet dangerous cybercrime: mobile phishing. In essence, it is a type of phishing that targets mobile users, especially those whose devices are connected to important networks such as work servers and confidential databases. Cybercriminals using this method pose as legitimate senders or representatives of a company through text, email, social media posts, or other similar ways to gain the trust of their potential victims.
They often fool through near-identical compositions and urge the target to divulge personal information on a website they’ve crafted to appear as a trustworthy site. For example, an employee may receive an email with a notice on an alleged “system update and overhaul” which will require them to log in again to access the work server. They will be led to a duplicated website, where they will unwittingly give the phisher their security details, and none would be the wiser.
This is a dangerous scenario for businesses, as not only will their confidential files be exposed, but it can spell all kinds of trouble for them, including the risk of being blackmailed over the information that the hackers have managed to steal, having their information be sold to competitors, and even lawsuits from clientele who have been compromised by the attack.
Organizations, companies, and enterprises cannot make the mistake of compromising their data security, even through a remote device such as mobile phones. With so many people nowadays integrating their phones to their everyday work tasks, mobile phishing can cripple a company substantially if they manage to succeed in their goal of duping an employee into giving them access to the company’s confidential files.
It is imperative, then, that you can protect your business and your employees from mobile phishing threats from here on out. Learn more about this quiet but deadly threat in detail and what you can do about it with this infographic by TeleMessage.