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  • Imagine you get an email from Netflix saying your account is suspended.

  • It looks official, it even uses your name.

  • But this email is not real.

  • It's a personalized, targeted hacking attempt, calledspear phishing,” and it's getting

  • harder and harder to tell a real email from a dangerous one.

  • Cyber criminals aren't just targeting random individuals for credit card info.

  • CEOs and big companies like Sony, Facebook and Google have all been duped.

  • And of course...

  • The Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National

  • Committee.

  • Wikileaks just recently published a bunch of these emails.

  • And all it took was one phishing email.

  • It was a pretty standard spear phishing attack.

  • An employee at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, known as the D-triple-C,

  • got an email that looked like a Google Security alert asking her to log-in and change her

  • password.

  • It looked legitimate, and that was the point.

  • It was actually sent by Russian hackers.

  • They installed malware that took screenshots of what she was doing.

  • And they tracked every key she typed.

  • Once she went logged in to the DCCC's network, the Russians could, too.

  • From there, they had access to all sorts of documents: opposition research, field operation

  • plans, bank accounts.

  • They even installed malware into at least nine other computers.

  • One of those computers belonged to an employee who also had access to the Democratic National

  • Committee.

  • Using the same methods as before, the Russians were able to log in to the DNC network.

  • Once inside, they stole thousands of emails later released during the convention.

  • Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has announced she will resign as head of the Democratic National

  • Committee.

  • It comes after those leaked DNC emails.

  • All because of that one phishing email.

  • The Russians also sent phishing emails to 76 people within the Clinton campaign, including

  • campaign chairman John Podesta.

  • This was the actual email he received — a Google security notice telling him to click

  • the link to change his password.

  • His chief of staff thought the email seemed fishy so she flagged it to the campaign's

  • IT staff.

  • An IT staffer agreed it was suspect, and instructed Podesta to change his password immediately.

  • But in his haste, he wrotelegitimatewhen he meant to sayillegitimateThe

  • rest is history.

  • The ongoing dump of hacked emails from the account of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta.

  • Every day a new batch, and the Clinton campaign knows this could be a problem for them every

  • day until election day.

  • So how do you prevent this from happening to you?

  • Well first, take Clinton's IT guy's advice.

  • Set-up two-factor authentication on everything you can.

  • But even that's not a guaranteed safeguard.

  • If you get an unexpected email, examine the url closely.

  • And just in case, don't click the link in the email and go to directly to the website

  • instead.

  • But you're actually more likely to see that phishing link on your phone.

  • Not just in an email but in a text or messaging app, too.

  • 56% of people click on mobile phishing links.

  • Ultimately, if you think something looks fishy, don't take the bait.

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How not to get phished (like the DNC)

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    Evangeline posted on 2018/07/30
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