I’ve said it many times: The scammers are always coming up with new ways of ripping people off. Nowhere is this more true than in the world of computers and the Internet.
I’m not saying that people shouldn’t use the Internet or throw out their computers and go back to handling everything by US mail. It IS important to know the risks and what to do about them.
From the blog Krebs on Security comes a new warning about “phishers,” those specialized crooks who try to trick people out of their personal information by sending out emails that seem to be from a legitimate organization such as a bank or credit card company, but which are only ploys to send the victim to a phony website designed to steal their information.
Below is an excerpt from the email notice I received from Krebs on Security:
“In case you needed yet another reason to change the default username and
password on your wired or wireless Internet router: Phishers are sending out
links that, when clicked, quietly alter the settings on vulnerable routers
to harvest online banking credentials and other sensitive data from victims.”
(note for all you non-tech people out there: the router is the box in your home that connects you to the internet)
“The real danger of attacks like this is that they bypass antivirus and other
security tools, and they are likely to go undetected by the victim for long
periods of time.”
It bears repeating: Never click on links in an unsolicited email you receive from an organization such as a financial institution, cable or satellite television provider, or, as was the case in this example, your internet service provider. If you’re not sure, call the company directly. Remember the 3rd R of Scam Prevention: Reach out to check it out.
Read the full post from Krebs on Security here