Repost from our Blog by KnowBe4’s Eric Howes,Principal Lab Researcher. Article on social engineering during the holiday season.
Like most of the rest of us, malicious actors the world over love the holidays. It’s a prime season to run social engineering schemes on users who are already of a mind to open their wallets for charities as well as online retailers.
Between Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the deluge of holiday greetings, general good cheer, and Christmas shopping there are plenty of opportunities for the bad guys to use cleverly crafted malicious emails to separate fools from their money – and persuade your employees to open the door to your organization’s network, with all the riches contained therein.
This year, though, the bad guys are bringing something new. This holiday season they’ve got their own Naughty-and-Nice list.
Don’t worry – they won’t be spoofing Santa (even if every holiday season seems to bring a raft of stories about dodgy department store Santas behaving badly). No, they’ll be spoofing the next best thing: your organization’s HR and payroll departments.
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