Following recent news of TSB warning of phishing attacks targeting customers, Stephen Burke, Founder & CEO at Cyber Risk Aware commented below.
Stephen Burke, Founder & CEO at Cyber Risk Aware:
“It was only a matter of time until this started to happen. The sheer number of the TSB customers who have been impacted by the outage makes it a no-brainer for hackers to begin targeting those affected.
It would not be surprising if fake SMS messages (smishing) also start appearing which pretend to be two factor authentication messages thereby giving hackers real codes they can use to login to the users’ bank account. This would be done in conjunction and targeted to those that have taken the bait in a phishing email.
The issue here reinforces that people will blindly click on links in email or social media messages if the person believes it has come from a trusted resource. People are trusting and criminals are taking advantage of this by preying on peoples’ emotions and having massive success, mainly due to people not querying emails and their content. People need to stop and think before clicking.”