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Hook, Line, and Sinker

Data Theft Happens Every Day

In 2018, a phishing attack targeted a large US city government in Atlanta.  The attackers sent an email to city employees that appeared to be from a trusted software vendor, stating that there was an urgent software update that needed to be installed.  The email contained a link to a fake login page that looked similar to the legitimate vendor’s login page.

Several employees fell for the scam and entered their login credentials on the fake page.  The attackers were then able to collect the login information and gain access to the city’s computer network.

Once inside the network, the attackers were able to deploy ransomware, which encrypted the city’s files and demanded a ransom payment in exchange for the decryption key.  The city refused to pay the ransom, and as a result, many of its systems and services were disrupted for weeks, including its court system, police department, and water services.

This incident demonstrates how phishing attacks can be used to gain access to a network and carry out more sophisticated attacks, such as ransomware.  It also highlights the importance of implementing strong security controls, such as two-factor authentication and regular security training, to help prevent and detect phishing attempts.

Think Twice Before Clicking

Phishing emails are unfortunately quite common and are one of the most prevalent types of cyber-attacks.  According to the 2021 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, phishing was involved in 36% of data breaches, making it the most common type of social engineering attack.

The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) also reported In the third quarter of 2022, APWG observed 1,270,883 total phishing attacks, a new record and the worst quarter for phishing that APWG has ever observed.  In addition, a study by the cybersecurity company Mimecast found that 60% of organizations experienced an increase in phishing attacks in 2020, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to remote work.

Discover the 3 most prevalent phishing schemes lurking online!

Spear Phishing

Spear phishing is a targeted form of phishing where the attackers research their victims and craft personalized messages to increase their chances of success. These emails often appear to come from someone the victim knows, such as a coworker or supervisor, making them more likely to trust the sender and follow their instructions.

Clone Phishing

Clone phishing involves attackers creating a copy of a legitimate email, website, or login page in order to steal sensitive information from the victim. These emails often appear to come from a trusted source and may even use the same subject line as previous legitimate emails to further deceive the victim.


Whaling is a type of phishing attack that specifically targets high-level executives or individuals with access to sensitive information within an organization. These attacks often use social engineering tactics, such as pretending to be a CEO or company lawyer, to convince the victim to disclose confidential information or transfer large sums of money.,

If You Suspect Deceit, Hit Delete

Phishing attacks can be particularly effective because they rely on social engineering techniques to trick individuals into providing sensitive information or clicking on malicious links.  Phishing emails may appear to be from a legitimate source, such as a bank or a trusted company, and may use urgent or threatening language to encourage the recipient to act quickly.  It’s important to be vigilant and take steps to protect yourself from phishing attacks, such as being cautious of emails from unknown senders, verifying the authenticity of emails and links before clicking on them, and regularly updating your security software.

The Best Defense is a Strong Offense

Phishing emails continue to be a major security threat, with cybercriminals using them to trick individuals and organizations into providing sensitive information or downloading malware.  Phishing emails are becoming more sophisticated.  Cybercriminals are using more complex techniques to make their phishing emails appear more legitimate.  This includes using well-crafted email content, logos, and sender names.  BEC attacks, a type of phishing attack that targets businesses, continue to increase.  According to the 2021 FBI Internet Crime Report, BEC attacks resulted in losses of $1.8 billion in 2020.  Phishing attacks are not limited to a specific region or country.

According to a report by Proofpoint, the top five countries targeted by phishing attacks in 2020 were the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands.  Employees are often the target of phishing attacks, with cybercriminals using social engineering tactics to trick them into divulging sensitive information or clicking on malicious links.

Email security measures can help protect against a wide range of threats to email communications including phishing attacks, malware, spam, spoofing, email interception, data loss, viruses, and ransomware

Protecting Your Privacy is C&W Technologies Priority

At C&W Technologies, we understand the importance of protecting your privacy and security online. That’s why we offer a variety of solutions to help defend against phishing attacks and other cyber threats. Our email security measures use advanced technology to scan for malicious links and attachments, block spam and spoofing attempts, and protect against data loss.

With our help, you can strengthen your defenses against phishing attacks and keep your sensitive information safe from cybercriminals.

Stay Protected with C&W Technologies

Don’t fall victim to phishing attacks – stay protected with C&W Technologies. Our Services and comprehensive solutions can help safeguard your personal and business information from cyber threats.

Stay vigilant, stay informed, and stay secure with C&W Technologies. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you protect your privacy online. Together, we can combat the increasing threat of phishing schemes and stay one step ahead of cybercriminals. So, always remember- if you suspect deceit, hit delete!

Don’t let yourself be the next victim of a phishing attack. Stay safe with C&W Technologies by your side. Let us help you protect what matters most – your privacy and security online.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How can someone gain unauthorized access?

A: There are several methods that hackers or cybercriminals may use to gain unauthorized access, including phishing attacks, social engineering tactics, exploiting software vulnerabilities, and using brute force techniques to guess passwords.

Q: What is ethical hacking?

A: Ethical hacking, also known as penetration testing, is the practice of identifying vulnerabilities and weaknesses in a computer system or network in order to improve its security. It is done with the permission and knowledge of the owner or organization being tested.

Q: What is advanced phishing protection?

A: Advanced phishing protection refers to security measures and technology that go beyond basic spam filters and email scanning to detect and prevent sophisticated phishing attacks. This may include machine learning algorithms, behavioral analysis, and real-time threat intelligence.

Q: How can advanced phishing protection benefit my organization?

A: By implementing advanced phishing protection, your organization can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to a phishing attack. This can help protect sensitive information, prevent financial losses, and maintain the trust and reputation of your company. Additionally, it can save time and resources by minimizing the need for manual detection and response to phishing attempts.

Q: Can individuals also benefit from advanced phishing protection?

A: Yes, individuals can also benefit from advanced phishing protection, especially if they are frequent targets of phishing attacks or handle sensitive information on their devices. Advanced protection can provide an extra layer of security and peace of mind when it comes to online privacy and safety. So, whether you are a business owner or an individual user, investing in advanced phishing protection is essential for keeping your data safe in

Q: What is cyber hacking?

A: Cyber hacking, also known as computer hacking, refers to the unauthorized access or manipulation of computer systems and networks. It may involve stealing sensitive information, disrupting operations, or causing damage to the targeted system. Cyber hackers use a variety of techniques and tools to exploit vulnerabilities in order to gain access and control over the targeted system.

Q: How do cyber hackers trick users into falling for phishing attacks?

A: Cyber hackers often use social engineering tactics to trick users into falling for phishing attacks. This may involve sending fake emails that appear to be from a legitimate source, creating convincing fake websites, or using emotional appeals and urgency to prompt users to click on malicious links or provide sensitive information. They

Q: How does phishing protection work?

A: Phishing protection works by identifying and blocking malicious emails that contain links or attachments designed to steal sensitive information or install malware. It may also include educating users on how to recognize and report suspicious emails, as well as implementing advanced security measures to prevent cyber attacks.

Q: What are ethical hackers?

A: Ethical Hackers also known as a white hat hacker, is a cybersecurity professional who legally and with permission attempts to identify vulnerabilities in computer systems and networks. They use their skills and knowledge to help organizations improve their security measures and protect against cyber attacks.

Q: How does malicious software spread?

A: Malicious software can spread through various means, such as email attachments, infected websites or links, USB drives, and network vulnerabilities. It may also be distributed through phishing attacks and social engineering tactics.

Q: What is cyber security?

A: Cybersecurity refers to the practice of protecting computer systems, networks, and data from unauthorized access or damage. It involves implementing various measures to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber attacks.

Q: What are phishing campaigns?

A: Phishing campaigns are coordinated efforts by cybercriminals to distribute fraudulent emails, text messages, or other forms of communication in order to steal sensitive information. They often use social engineering tactics and fake websites to deceive users into providing personal or financial information.

Q: How do hackers create phishing attacks?

A: Hackers use a variety of techniques to create and distribute phishing attacks. This may include creating fake emails, websites or social media profiles, using stolen credentials to access legitimate accounts, or exploiting vulnerabilities in software and networks. They may also use personal information obtained from data breaches to make their attacks more convincing.

Q: What should I do if I receive a suspicious email from the finance department requesting confidential bank information?

A: If you receive a suspicious email from the finance department requesting confidential bank information, do not respond or provide any personal information. Instead, report the email to your IT department or security team immediately. They can verify if the request is legitimate and take necessary actions to protect your data and prevent potential cyber attacks.

Q: How can organizations protect against malicious actors?

A: Organizations can protect against malicious actors by implementing strong cybersecurity measures, regularly updating software and systems, conducting security audits and trainings, and staying vigilant for any suspicious activity. It is also important to have a response plan in place in case of a cyber attack. Additionally, individuals can protect themselves by being cautious online, using strong passwords, and regularly monitoring their personal accounts for any unusual activity.

Q: What are a black hat hacker and a white hat hackers?

A: Black hat hackers are individuals or groups who use their skills and knowledge to gain unauthorized access to computer systems and networks for malicious purposes. They may steal sensitive information, cause damage, or disrupt operations.

On the other hand, white hat hackers, also known as ethical hackers, use their expertise for legal and ethical purposes by helping organizations identify vulnerabilities and improve their cybersecurity measures

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