Phishing attacks spreading as fake tech support

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This pandemic situation has caused a huge shift towards the digital media. The attackers have exploited every possible vector, like unemployment frauds, phishing attacks, etc. The spam folder of every email account contains such phishing emails that are a threat to the security of the users. Also, a recent report revealed that tech support scams, along with surveys and scams related to supplements are the favorite types of phishing attacks among hackers.

Some statistics of the attack-

  •       Norton has blocked as high as 23.69 million attempts of phishing in the past 100 days, which mostly consisted of tech and survey.
  •       In June, the phishing scams underwent a surge of 284%. The activities of spambots increased the campaign by 281% in May.

Why is the surge a matter of worry?

The online cookie systems have increased the chances of violation of privacy. The attackers also exploit any failure of encryption in chat apps to be able to sell various stuffs, which are illegal. Also, the gamers are increasingly getting targeted using various social engineering techniques.

Other Scams-

Around 68% of Australians have faced tech support scams in some for or the other. The attackers are also using the hype of the Windows 11 launch and attempting to spread fake malicious installers which are laden with various malware.

Conclusion-

The techniques of the scammers have evolved over time and they are now capable of launching very sophisticated attacks. The tech support scams are really tough for the companies to overcome and they can only be resisted by educating the users on cyber security.

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