Sunday, April 26, 2009

Phishing and Smishing
by Gerald Trites, FCA

Phishing is old hat, having been around for a long time and having become transparent and easy to avoid. But is it? New techniques are starting to have their impact. Phishers are becoming more sophisticated. And the are starting to use SMS, which gives rise to Smishing.

It would be nice if we could find an easy to get away from these criminals who perpetuate the phishing plague. But it seems they have lots of resources, and considerable skill in developing new techniques to keep ahead of the opposition. The latest techniques are civered in this recent article.

New techniques have gotten away form he old ploy of strange folks in Nigeria and other places needing to transfer their money to your account. Anyone who get caught in that one any more almost deserves it. Almost.

The phishing plague is something that needs to be controlled, so security professionals need to keep on top of it and to develop those new techniques that will protect the users. It's not an easy job.

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