Phishing has been around since the inception of electronic mail, but scammers increasingly try to make the fraudulent messages appear more legitimate. According to Crain’s Chicago, names of major law firms have recently been appearing in email phishing scams with subject lines like “Notice to Appear”.
Law firms aren’t the only industry being used in attempted phishing. The Anti Phishing Working Group (APWG) releases a quarterly report on phishing activity trends. The most recent APWG shows the most-targeted industry sectors, by percentage of attacks, as payment services (39.8%), financial (20.2%), retail/service (16.5%) and Internet service provider (8.4%).
Reviewing your organization’s security and fraud detection practices from both a legal and technical perspective can help minimize fraudulent access to customer information and limit potential exposure resulting from phishing scams.
Access the Crain’s Chicago article here and the APWG Phishing Activity Trends Report 2nd Quarter 2014 here. Contact us at Ossian Law regarding anti-phishing strategy or any other information technology law questions.
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