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Summer Phishing
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Summer Phishing

It's that time of the year again when summer has arrived in the northern hemisphere, and unfortunately, it also brings along a rise in phishing activities. Recent data from Check Point Research reveals an increase in website domains related to vacations. Shockingly, out of these domains, approximately one in every 83 is either suspicious or malicious. Phishing scams are used by cybercriminals to steer unsuspecting individuals towards these perilous domains.

One such scam, revolving around summer themes, involves cybercriminals posing as your organization's HR department. They craft a fraudulent email informing recipients about a new vacation plan that only certain employees qualify for. The email then prompts you to click on a link to check if you are one of the eligible employees. However, if you fall into the trap and click the link, you will be directed to a page where you're asked to provide your work email and password. Unfortunately, entering your credentials on this page will grant cybercriminals effortless access to your work email account and potentially compromise the entire organization.

• While the weather may vary in your region, cybercriminals are not deterred by geographical differences. Stay vigilant for warning signs like receiving emails outside of your usual work hours.

• This particular scam aims to evoke curiosity, concern, and even frustration. Don't let cybercriminals manipulate your emotions. Exercise caution and think carefully before clicking on any suspicious links.

• When you receive an unexpected email from your HR department, it's important to authenticate its legitimacy by consulting someone within your organization. Instead of replying directly to the email, reach out to your manager or a trusted HR representative to verify its authenticity.

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