Understanding Spoofing Attacks

January 15, 2021

What Is Spoofing?

Spoofing is the term used to describe a situation when a cybercriminal impersonates a device or user on a network to trick an individual into sharing private information.

This impersonation usually appears legitimate enough to get the individual to enter login information or other personal data which the cybercriminal is able to easily collect.

There are many different types of spoofing attacks such as email spoofing, IP spoofing, SMS spoofing, call spoofing and many other forms.

Spoofing attacks can be very sophisticated, therefore, it is always a good idea to double-check websites, devices, software, contacts, and other sources.

How To Identify A Spoofing Attack

One of the most common vessels for spoofing attacks is through email inboxes. In this day and age, it is extremely common for companies and organizations to overshare information about their employees on their website.

Often the information shared to the public includes names, titles, positions, employment and project history, and so much more. This makes it extremely easy for a cybercriminal to take this information and tailor it to fit a fake email from one employee to another to ultimately gain access to sensitive data and information.

A common way cybercriminals get you to click a malicious link through a spoofing attack is by having an urgent email sent to employees from what appears to be a senior executive asking for them to look over a document quickly. We have a few clients who have experienced a breach due to attacks similar to this.

If you receive high urgency emails, text, or other forms of messaging, it is crucial to first double-check that the email it is sent from is legitimate.

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