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Even with legal crackdown on mobile spammers, SMS spam and SMiShing
continue to grow at a rapid pace, as there are billions of mobile phone subscribers who use text messaging," said Thomas Lippert, product management, Sophos.
As more phishing scams continue to surface, Bank Windhoek has warned its clients against a new SMS scam also referred to as SmiShing
(SMS and Phishing).
Survey results indicate that banks are constantly being exposed to sophisticated, organised and financially motivated threats and customers are being targeted through phishing, vishing and smishing
The integration of a telephone component to attacks, or vishing, became more visible in Q4 2007 as well as phishing through SMS (text messaging), or SMishing
The report analyzes major mobile threats due to malware, phishing, smishing
, website spoofing, and lost/stolen device, vulnerabilities of the mobile browser and native app, and specific weaknesses of Android, Apple iPhone, Windows, and Blackberry platforms.
Police are investigating 19 cases that have happened since last July, conning people via emails, phone calls or texts in scams known as phishing, vishing and smishing
The shockingly clever text message scam smishing
is back - here's how it could fool you
And nine out of 10 are not confident they could identify tactics like phishing and smishing
- scams where crooks convince people to hand over personal details or money by sending social media messages or texts.
Among the techniques hackers use to gain credential access are phishing and smishing
(SMS based phishing), credential cracking with brute force, man in the middle attacks, and insider theft.
The drive focuses on financial frauds directly targeting customers, such as email deception, known as phishing, and phone and text-based scams, known as vishing and smishing
There is also smishing
or SMS phishing, which also involves password recovery.