Security Encyclopedia

Phishing

Phishing is a form of cyberattack, where a message recipient is tricked into a clicking a link through to a fake webpage with the aim of persuading them user to enter personal information. Although is mostly carried out over email – this scam has now spread to social media, messaging services and apps.

The goal of the scammer is to trick the target into doing what the scammer wants in order to infiltrate every aspect of their targets’ personal and working lives. That might be handing over passwords to make it easier to hack a company, or altering bank details so that payments go to fraudsters instead of the correct account, etc.

Example:

“Last year I fell victim to a really clever password phishing attack, in which a hacker used a fake google authenticator page to steal my password and 2-factor code.”

How Enterprises are Preventing Phishing with Passwordless Login: