Over the past few days, there has been an increase in cyber attacks targeting entities in Cyprus. One such attack occurred on last Thursday morning when a governmental website was taken down by hackers. The website remains inoperable as a result even since today. The attack reportedly began on Wednesday evening, with the hackers demanding money and causing damage to assets owned by the governmental authority. The situation is being handled by the government's IT department and the digital security authority, given the sensitive nature of the data stored on the website. In a separate incident earlier this month, an Academic Institution in Cyprus was also hacked, causing it to go offline briefly.In today's digital world, cyberattacks and phishing emails are becoming increasingly common. Cybercriminals are using these tactics to gain access to sensitive information, steal identities, and extort money from their victims. As such, it's important to know how to deal with these types of attacks to protect yourself and your personal information and to exercise caution when dealing with emails, attachments, links, websites, and other online content.
How phishing works1. User sees “real” information
Successful phishing attacks use real information, seem like they’re coming from a real person or business, and create a sense of urgency to entice users to click.
The most successful attacks focus on tricking the user into sharing information for a delivery or signing into an account.
2. Tricked user logs in
Once users click on a link, they’re often directed to a fake website that looks identical to the real one – even the URL looks the same.
Once users enter their credentials on the fake site, cybercriminals immediately login to the real website with the username and password the user was just tricked into revealing.
3. Credentials stolen
Now the users’ credentials have been stolen, and are used to take over accounts. Attackers then use this information to commit fraud, hold information ransom, with the goal of financial gain.
Cyber attacks and phishing emails are a real threat to individuals and organizations alike. By staying alert, using strong passwords, keeping your software up to date, using two-factor authentication, and reporting suspicious activity, you can help protect yourself from these types of attacks. Remember, prevention is key when it comes to cyber attacks and phishing emails.