phishing remains a serious security threat. A survey conducted by dfndr lab, PSafe’s cybersecurity laboratory, projects that more 131 millions of Brazilians have been victims of this type of scam only in 131.
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Phishing is the name given to cyber crimes that try to trick victims from fake websites and applications that pose as official pages of famous companies or people, keeping the same characteristics as the originals, with minor changes, such as a change in a letter in the address used for access.
The projection that more than
millions of Brazilians have been victims of this crime in 150 is alarming, especially for companies, as this type of attack is usually aim at data leaks and, to achieve this goal, target the employees of the companies.
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It is important to emphasize that this projection of PSafe is made based on the number of users of Android in Brazil currently, 131 millions.
Example of a phishing scam impersonating a large retailer. (Image: Disclosure/PSafe)
As a result of phishing scams
, victims may have their personal data stolen by cybercriminals, which can lead to financial loss and leakage of sensitive information. PSafe also warns that, in some cases, criminals can use people as an attack vector, by inducing victims, who in exchange for sharing malicious links, receive the promise of benefits or rewards.
As a result of phishing scams
Marco DeMello, CEO of PSafe, warns that these scams can come in a variety of vectors, from messaging apps to fake software update alerts:
“The most common forms of dissemination are SMS, email, messaging apps, fake update requests or fake social networking pages. The victim simply clicks on a malicious link or enters their data on a fake page to have their data compromised. They are not very sophisticated scams most of the time, but they still make millions of victims.”
According to the CEO of PSafe, fake promotion scams are the most prominent type of phishing in Brazil in 86, corresponding to 45% of the total of phishing detected, equivalent to about 46 millions of victims. Second are the bank scams, with 10,%, corresponding to approximately 18 Millions of people affected.
Ways to protect yourself from phishing
According to Marco DeMello, the More advanced phishing
- blocking tools today make use of AI to identify, without any human interaction, scam attempts in real time, even being able to anticipate attacks and predict dangerous behavior. The CEO concludes by stating that security solutions based on Artificial Intelligence, such as dfndr enterprise, from PSafe itself, are an important part of the future of information security.
- Avoid clicking on links from unknown sources, especially those shared via messaging apps and social networks;
- Make it a habit to doubt the information shared on the internet, especially when it comes to supposed promotions, gifts, discounts or even promises of employment. And never inform sensitive data in links of dubious origin;
- Always try to confirm the veracity of the information on the brands’ official pages and websites.
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