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Phishing Techniques

Used to Exploit the Prince Tragedy

Yesterday the death of Prince Rogers Nelson was declared. Prince was found dead in an elevator in his estate where he lived and worked in Minneapolis aged 57. It is believed that he was treated for a drug overdose days before he passed. With such a high profile bereavement, cyber criminals see opportunity. In this case, through the craft of phishing emails.

Celebrity deaths like this are seen as opportunities the bad guys use to exploit in a number of ways. The death of Robin Williams was a prime example of how these people can scam users by manipulative links such as “Robin Williams last words on video”. It is essential to alert your users immediately when such an occurrence takes place.

Alert Your Users of Phishing  

Whatever ploy is being applied, your users will end up with an infection that will cause great harm to their workstations at home or in the office. The consequences of this could mean the disposal of personal information or letting loose of ransomware on the network. Clicking on such a link could potentially close down a business so it is paramount to give your users a heads up to think twice before clicking.

Along with this, the earthquakes that occurred recently in Japan and Ecuador are also seen as opportunities for the bad guys to manipulate people into giving charity. If such an event were to occur, pass the following advice onto your employees, friends and family.

“Yesterday, news broke that Prince Rogers Nelson was found dead in his home in Minneapolis at age 57. He was found unresponsive in an elevator and was declared dead shortly after. Internet criminals are going to exploit this celebrity death in a number of ways, so be careful with anything related to Price’s death: emails, attachments, any social media (especially Facebook), texts on your phone, anything. There will be a number of scams related to this, so Think Before You Click!

Also, with the recent earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan, there are charity scams sticking up their ugly heads. If you want to make donations, go to your favorite charity by opening your browser and type their link in the address bar. Do not click on any links in emails.”

To learn more about Phishing attacks like the one above, visit our Phishing Awareness Training page here.
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