What is a Phishing Scam?

A phishing scam is any type of attempt by a hacker pretending to be someone else in an effort to steal personal or sensitive information from another person. This is usually done via email, where a person receives an email with a link that takes them to a site that looks legitimate but isn’t. The person is asked to reset their password or enter their login information, and once they do, the hacker steals that information and uses it to transfer money out of their bank account or to open new credit card accounts in that person’s name.

The FTC provides several helpful tips that consumers can use to educate themselves on and to be able to spot and report phishing scams.

About Critical Insight

Critical Insight is the only cybersecurity-as-a-service provider that prepares, monitors and responds to cyber threats, going beyond SOC-as-a-service offerings typical of Managed Detection and Response (MDR) offerings.

With a focus on organizations that deliver critical services – hospitals, local governments, utilities, school systems, and more – we provide end-to-end support to those with limited security teams or budgets to handle threats proactively and as they occur.

Based in Bremerton and Seattle, Washington, Critical Insight is a venture-backed company founded by former CISOs in the public sector. We are committed to training new analysts and providing the most up-to-date cybersecurity protection.

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