02 Sep What is Clone Phishing?
Clone phishing is a type of phishing attack that involves creating a fake replica of a legitimate website or email with the intent of stealing sensitive information. The attackers create a clone of a legitimate website or email and send it to the intended victim. The clone looks exactly like the original except for a few details that the attackers change to trick the victim into divulging sensitive information.
Clone phishing can be carried out in different ways. One of the ways is to clone a website and then redirect users to the cloned website. For instance, an attacker can clone a bank’s website and send an email to the bank’s customers, asking them to click on the link to access their account. The link will take the customers to the cloned website, where they will be prompted to enter their login credentials and other sensitive information.
Another way clone phishing can be carried out is by cloning an email. Attackers can create an exact replica of an email from a legitimate sender and send it to the intended victim. The cloned email will look exactly like the original, except for a few details that the attackers change to trick the victim into clicking on a link or downloading a malicious attachment. Clone phishing is an effective tactic for attackers as it exploits the victim’s trust in a legitimate website or email. The victim is more likely to fall for the attack as they believe they are interacting with a trusted entity.
To protect against clone phishing attacks, IT stakeholders at high trust SMBs can implement a few measures. One of the measures is to implement two-factor authentication. This will ensure that even if an attacker obtains the victim’s login credentials, they will not be able to access the victim’s account without the second factor of authentication.
Another measure is to train employees to be vigilant when interacting with emails and websites. Employees should be trained to check for spelling errors, suspicious links, and other red flags that indicate a clone phishing attack.
In conclusion, clone phishing is a type of phishing attack that is becoming increasingly popular among attackers. IT stakeholders at high trust SMBs can protect against clone phishing attacks by implementing two-factor authentication and training employees to be vigilant.
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