Keeping you safer as you work online

In stressful times like these, fraudsters take advantage of the chaos to steal our money and personal information.


That’s happening now. Crooks are investing time to learn about their victims by reading posts on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Then they email the victim with details about friends, family, and employers and links to dangerous websites that steal passwords or file attachments that take over a computer. This is called “spear phishing.”


Here are six examples of spear-phishing emails, from the old “Nigerian Prince” scam to devious new ones making the rounds now.


Use the arrow button below the image to click from one email to the next.

Now take a minute to watch the video about ways to avoid becoming a spear-phishing victim. 

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What's a surprising reason employees fall for spear phishing?


Take the four-question cybersecurity quiz and find out. 

Here are three recent cyber breaches you should know about: 

EasyJet: The British airline announced a breach revealing the travel details and email addresses of 9 million customers. Credit card information was exposed for just over 2,200 of these individuals, who were notified of the incident in April.


Home Chef: Meal-kit provider Home Chef recently disclosed a data breach impacting 8 million customers. Exposed information includes names, email addresses, phone numbers, encrypted passwords, and the last four digits of credit card numbers. Delivery frequency and other account-specific information may have also been compromised – those details could help scammers craft convincing phishing emails.


MobiFriends: Personal details of more than 3 million users of the dating app were posted online earlier this year and are now available for download. Some of this information includes email addresses, mobile numbers, dates of birth, gender information, usernames, and app/website activity.

Aware Force Cybersecurity News • June 2020 a • Edition #98

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