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Working from home is not going anywhere. In fact, research shows that post-pandemic 42% of employees who worked strictly from a company-based location will not return to the office. Do you know how this will impact your business? Learn more about the tools needed to protect your client data and improve employee productivity.
Check out the latest happenings in the world of IT from our Locknet® experts. In this issue, we highlight some topics your organization should be aware of to minimize risks. Specifically, mitigating insider threats to your security and the risks of hanging on to legacy data.
Pharming is a type of social engineering cyberattack. In that way, it has similarities to phishing which tricks targets into sharing information or clicking on something malicious. Where pharming differs is that it tricks users who are trying to reach a specific website by spoofing that site and capturing personally identifiable information or installing malware. Instead of relying on an email to trigger the cyberattack, pharming uses malicious code to redirect the victim to the attacker’s spoofed website. Cybercriminals who utilize pharming tactics often target websites in the financial sector, social media channels, or e-commerce sites to steal a victim’s identity.
Here is a further breakdown of the difference between phishing and pharming:
A pharming attack doesn’t necessarily need a phishing lure to get started. Instead, it just plants a seed you don’t know is there and harvests the user’s information later.
Pharming is a sophisticated cyberattack that requires more work from cybercriminals, making them less common than phishing attacks. Nonetheless, the impact of a pharming attack can be significant. Typically, pharming uses one of the following techniques:
Once users are redirected to fraudulent websites, pharmers obtain personal information. The attackers then either use the credentials for financial fraud or account access. They may also sell the information to other criminals on the dark web.
So, what does a pharming attack really look like? Here are just a few notable real-world examples of pharming.
While the tips above are helpful for both the home and workplace, ongoing security awareness is one of the best defenses against pharming attacks. Security education and awareness training can help employees recognize new suspicious warning signs, develop tools for verifying the authenticity of websites, and hone strategies for identifying social engineering attacks.
Locknet’s security education and awareness training arms your employees with a wide selection of course modules, quizzes, and audits. Contact our team of trusted professionals to get started.