One Way Hackers are Gaining Access to Company Databases
Although most phishing scams are targeted at gaining access to peoples’ financial details or login credentials, fraudsters and thieves also use the tactic to find ways into a company’s databases. These hackers send these phishing attempts to as many of the target company’s email addresses they can find. The sites they lead to look just like the company’s and hackers only need to fool a single person out of hundreds or even thousands before having access to all of your financial or personal information as well as those of all the company’s other customers.
Hackers who gained entry to Anthem and Premera BlueCross BlueShield computer systems last year reportedly directed phishing emails at company employees. The emails directed the employees to visit webpages that appeared to be legitimate Anthem or Premera sites.
But they were lookalike sites, according to articles posted by consulting firm ThreatConnect and cybersecurity writer Brian Krebs. One was prennera.com (instead of the legitimate premera.com) and the other we11point.com (instead of wellpoint.com, reflecting the corporate name that Anthem then used). CONTINUE READING AT D&C
My name is Jennifer Price and I started StopIdentityFraud.org because internet privacy & security are issues that are extremely important to me. As a private network security consultant, too often do I see the damage that can be caused by identity theft & fraud. It’s my goal to help educate people about id theft and how to better protect themselves against it. Feel free to get in touch with me here or on any of my social media profiles.