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Alert from KnowBe4 - Hovering Over Links

Oct 12, 2020 11:56:30 AM / by KnowBe4 posted in IT, Cyber-Security, Ransomware, Cybersecurity, Email Compromise, Vendor Email Compromise, VEC, Cybercrime, Cyber Crime, Small Business, Phishing

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How can you tell if an email is safe? Even if you catch red flags in an email, such as typos or poor grammar, an urgent demeanor, or even a spoofed domain, how can you truly decipher the safety of an email?

An immediate step you can take is to watch out for one of the most critical tell-tale signs of a phishing email  a mismatched or fake URL.

Why is hovering important? What can it do for you?
Hovering not only allows you a moment to think before proceeding, it allows you the opportunity to see where a link is going to redirect you. This is especially important because not all links lead to where they appear, or insinuate they'll go.

When you hover, check for the following to ensure you're staying safe and secure:

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Infamous Twitter Hack Inspires a New Phishing Attack

Oct 2, 2020 10:36:41 AM / by KnowBe4 posted in IT, security, Cyber-Security, Cybersecurity, Email Compromise, Cybercrime, Cyber Crime, Phishing

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This past July, Twitter fell victim to an infamous social engineering attack. The attack gave hackers control of over one hundred high-profile accounts - from politicians to celebrities. The hackers used these accounts to scam Twitter followers out of money. Now, cybercriminals are using this event as bait for a convincing phishing scam.

The phishing email uses text that is very similar to the official statement that Twitter made in response to the July attack. The email claims that due to a security breach, you must confirm your identity by clicking on a link in the email. If you click the link, you are redirected to a site that looks very similar to the real Twitter login page. The site is actually a look-alike designed to steal your login credentials. Any information that you enter on this page is delivered straight to the bad guys.

Don’t be fooled! Follow these tips:

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Alert from KnowBe4 - Exploiting the Coronavirus: Financial Relief Scam Targeting Organizations

Aug 20, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by KnowBe4 posted in Cyber-Security, Cybersecurity, Coronavirus, Email Compromise, Business, Financial Relief, Phishing

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The Coronavirus pandemic continues to impact organizations across the globe. This hardship gives cybercriminals the perfect bait: a promise of financial relief. Currently, cybercriminals are impersonating the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) with a very convincing phishing email. While this specific scam targets organizations in the US, this tactic could be used in any country, for any kind of relief fund.

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Alert from KnowBe4 - Massive Excel Phishing Attack

Jun 10, 2020 10:19:35 AM / by KnowBe4 posted in Cyber-Security, Cybersecurity, Email Compromise

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Microsoft has reported a massive phishing campaign that uses an Excel attachment as bait. The phishing email looks like it is from the Coronavirus Research Center of John Hopkins University–a well known medical organization in the US. The email includes an Excel attachment that is disguised as an updated list of Coronavirus-related deaths, but the file actually contains a hidden piece of malware.

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Alert from KnowBe4 - Malicious Zoom Installer

May 29, 2020 12:31:30 PM / by KnowBe4 posted in Cyber-Security, Cybersecurity, Email Compromise

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Whether you’re working from home or trying to stay in touch with loved ones, video conferencing apps like Zoom are becoming the new normal. Cybercriminals have exploited this type of application before, but their latest scam may be the trickiest yet.

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Alert from KnowBe4 – Social Engineering Red Flags #2: Recipient

May 15, 2020 3:41:51 PM / by KnowBe4

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The prevalence of phishing scams is at an all-time high. Because you are the key to preventing a cyber-attack within your organization, it is important to question the legitimacy of every email you receive. Below is a list of questions to ask yourself about the recipient of the email that may help you realize that you are being phished.

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Alert from KnowBe4: Don't Reuse That Password!

May 4, 2020 8:51:18 PM / by KnowBe4 posted in IT, security, technology, Cyber-Security, Cybersecurity

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Today, data breaches are more common than ever. A data breach is a leak of sensitive or confidential information, whether intentional or unintentional. It is almost a guarantee that at least one of your passwords, past or present, has been exposed by a data breach.

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Alert from KnowBe4 - Exploiting COVID-19: Pandemic is Within, BEWARE!

Apr 21, 2020 11:26:29 AM / by KnowBe4 posted in IT, Cybersecurity, Coronavirus, COVID-19

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During this storm of COVID-19 phishing scams, the bad guys love posing as your trusted Human Resources department. One recent HR scam started with an overdramatic subject line: “COVID-19 PANDEMIC IS WITHIN, BEWARE! WARNING!!!” In a mess of run-on sentences, the email claims that some of your co-workers have tested positive for Coronavirus. Keeping with the HR theme, they ask that you do not discriminate against these people and they suggest that “everyone should rather cease panic”.

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