Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect your machine with malware and viruses in order to collect personal and financial information. Cybercriminals attempt to lure users to click on a link or open an attachment that infects their computer with viruses or malware, creating vulnerability to attacks.
Phishing emails may appear to come from an actual, existing institution, e-commerce site, government agency, or any other service, business, or individual. The email may also request personal information like account numbers, passwords, or Social Security numbers. When users respond with the information or click on a link, attackers use it to access their accounts.
Here’s a recent tweet from the University of Alabama warning of phishing emails offering jobs to college students: https://bit.ly/2JNXCr6. As the tweet says, “don’t fall for it.”
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