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Let's Discuss: SPOOFING!

What is spoofing?

Email spoofing is a technique used in spam, phishing, and ransomware attacks to trick users into thinking a message came from a person or entity they know or trust.

In spoofing attacks, the sender forges names or email headers so that client software (like Outlook or Gmail) displays the fraudulent sender’s email address.


Recipients don’t realize the sender is forged unless they inspect the header more closely. If it’s a name they recognize, they’re more likely to trust it.


The spoofer’s goal is to get the recipient to click the malicious link within the body of the email, open malware attachments, send sensitive data, and even wire corporate funds.


For example, if the recipient clicks the link and inputs their credentials (username/password), then the attacker will have access to all of your data, and hold it ransom until you pay to get your data back - and even then, you may never get it back.


A spoofed email is an opportunity for an attacker to steal the identity of the recipient. Or to gain access to secure financial, HIPPA, or PII records, for the purpose of taking their money.



The moral of the story is, YOU are your biggest defense against cyber-attacks.

The more security protocols you put in place, the better off you and your company will be. Keep in mind, though: there is always the possibility of a scam getting to you. The best way to prevent yourself from falling for it, is to be aware of the signs. If you are interested in training your employees on how to be more aware, reach out to us. We have the tools to help you train your team to be vigilant against hackers. We want you as safe as possible! 

Call us at 970-255-0480 to set up a meeting today!

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