Go Phish – Phishing Scams Still Alive And Well

It may seem like phishing scams have been around forever, and people are more and more aware of them. So surely by now businesses and tech savvy individuals have stopped falling for them? Not so. Phishing scams are still alive and well.

US Healthcare Providers Phished

This past May, the Oregon State Hospital fell victim to a phishing scam, and the Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants disclosed a past phishing scam.

In Oregon, the phishing scam gave hackers access to names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, diagnoses, and treatment care plans. Even though they plan to notify individuals within 4 – 6 weeks, that leaves victims exposed and unsuspecting for that period of time.

In June 2018, an untrained employee at the Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants group fell victim. The breach wasn’t disclosed until May 2019. That’s an unsettling amount of time for people to be unaware their information may have been exposed. Names, social security numbers, government IDs, financial data, dates of birth, and medical records may have been leaked.

Canadians Fall For Phishing Scams Too

In November and December 2018, BC credit union Coast Capital Savings had hundreds of thousands of dollars stollen after several of their members were phished. Phishing occurs on mobile devices too, as people responded to text messages asking for login information.

How Can I Protect My Business From Getting Phished?

Just because you’re intelligent doesn’t mean you can’t get phished! The best way to protect your company is with training and education. Check out our prior blog post about other tips to keep yourself and your employees from being phished.

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Phishing Scams – How to Prevent a Disaster

Imagine this. You’re scrolling the internet and your instant messaging pops up. It’s someone you talk to quite frequently, and they’ve sent you a link telling you to check it out. You click the link, and suddenly your files start changing and you can’t open anything. Suddenly you’ve become a victim of a phishing scam.

What just happened?

You sit there confused, but in the back of your mind you understand the link you clicked was not what it seemed to be, and are now wondering what it will take to get the information back?

Phishing is a common cyber crime that has hit many unsuspecting people, and sometimes the results are harmless. Sometimes you are only locked out of your online accounts for few minutes. But other times serious damage can begin the minute your mouse clicks the link.

Hackers target companies and individuals by email, and most people see a link in an email and don’t even consider it is going to be detrimental to click.

A good rule to follow is to limit the links you do click in email messages.  Remember, when protecting yourself from phishing scams, pay attention to the where the link is going to take you, be skeptical of email attachments and pay close attention to the sender email address.

If something looks suspicious, taking the time to check and be sure makes sense.

Getting to a place where you understand how to protect yourself takes effort and some training. This training has come a long way over the years.

Find out how a few quick and focused training sessions can help you and your team improve your skills.  Ask us about some options for effective cyber security training.

A fake Netflix email wants users’ billing information — don’t click it – National |

Phishing emails are being sent to Netflix users worldwide. Do NOT click the link in the email. 

Instead, go to the company website and login. 

Source: A fake Netflix email wants users’ billing information — don’t click it – National |