If you have ever filled out a complete profile on LinkedIn (because you wanted to reach that 100% on the profile completeness) or finished a never-ending survey because you were promised a prize at the end, you’ve been gamified.
Some weeks ago, there was an attempted hack into the phone contact list and emails of some UK MPs. This prompted the deputy chief whip Christopher Pincher to issue a warning to his colleagues, imploring them to;“Please be wary of texts and/or emails purporting to come from colleagues asking you to provide overseas contact details and/or asking you to download a secure message app.”
It is true that with the onset of the holiday shopping season there is a dramatic up-tick in activity in both the eCommerce world and the cybercriminal. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have now become international shopping events and they are no longer one weekend but seem to go on for three to four weeks. So, with consumers seeing increases in offers, promotions and coupons coming out in emails or SMS messages (SMiShing is the growing threat) as well as all those order confirmations, payment requests and shipping messages there are rich pickings for the cybercriminal who wants to swim in tide of communications hoping to de-fraud some unsuspecting consumers.
A widespread cyber attack has been coming folks, and many security professionals are attempting to increase awareness for staff and companies.
Two days ago I shared an article from AIG that stated "systemic cyber attacks" were expected this year across several sectors, including healthcare.
A new British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) survey of over 1,200 companies (96% SMEs) reveals cyber-criminal attacks occurred on one in five UK firms over the last year.
Despite the very real threat this poses to businesses, the majority (63%) rely on IT providers to resolve any issues.