Cybersecurity Glossary: Phishing

As one of several methods of cybersecurity breach, phishing attacks work by getting us to share sensitive information like our usernames and passwords, often against normal logic and reasoning, by using social engineering to manipulate our emotions, such as greed, fear, shame or embarrassment. A typical phishing attack will start with an email spoofed, or faked, to look like it’s coming from a company you do business with or a trusted coworker. This email will contain aggressive or demanding language and require some sort of action, like verifying payments or purchases you never made. Clicking the supplied link will direct you to a malicious login page designed to capture your username and password.

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