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Why you should never have responded to that urgent message from your boss ?

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Your phone rings or you receive an email. This is your line manager or the CEO of your company alerting you to an urgent problem. If you do not comply, the company is at great risk and your position itself is threatened. You will then be asked to transfer money or provide sensitive information.

If such a situation occurs, you are likely the target of a scam. The cybersecurity company Kaspersky returned in a recent blog post to this scam which is wreaking havoc.

What are the specifics of this attack ?

This scam is based on mechanisms that allow it to often hit the mark. Indeed, by posing as a superior, the employee will often not dare to question orders.

Similarly, malicious actors install a sense of urgency in their targets. However, we know that in such cases, it is difficult to stop and think, and these situations are conducive to making mistakes.

Clever, these cybercriminals demand absolute secrecy from the victim to prevent them from discussing the incident with colleagues or other superiors. Also be aware that some scams are very targeted and sometimes very well designed.

We particularly remember this incredible story that occurred in Hong Kong, where an employee of a multinational company agreed to pay $25 million during a video where everyone he spoke to was just a deepfake recreation of leaders!

How to protect yourself from risks ?

Faced with this very concrete threat, Kaspersky offers tips to avoid the worst. Above all, you should not panic, because that is precisely what scammers are looking for. For example, do not hesitate to hang up if you feel that something is wrong in order to verify the facts mentioned.

Check if the email address or phone number matches those of the person you are talking to. However, this is not an exact science as experts explain:

Unfortunately, cybercriminals sometimes use fake addresses e-mails that are difficult to distinguish from real ones, or hacked e-mail or instant messaging accounts. All this makes detecting falsification much more difficult.

You must also be attentive to certain details, its tone or sound. writing are they different from usual. If your boss addresses you in a formal manner when he is usually much more relaxed, that’s a sure sign.

In the event of an unusual order, do not hesitate to contact your colleagues to verify information, even if you have been asked to keep a secret. You can also try to contact your contact again. If you have been targeted by an impostor, he will not understand your request and you will be fixed.

Finally, you should warn other collaborators as well as the security forces. order. It is indeed possible that these scammers are targeting other people within the company.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116