Catfish Movies Serve as a Reminder about Social Engineering Cyberattacks

In the last few weeks, stories about catfishing, the act of creating a fictional online persona to deceive another person to forge a relationship, compromise a victim, or for financial gain, hit the small and large screens. Netflix’s “Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist” revisits the case of Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o getting duped online. Then there’s “I Love My Dad,” which stars Patton Oswalt as a father who creates the fake online persona of a woman to track his estranged son. Your business could easily fall victim to social engineering cyberattacks like this, so it is best to know the signs beforehand. 

Catfishing is just one of many social engineering frauds, which is a way cybercrooks gather information or attack via the weaknesses of individuals.   

In the business world, phishing is more common. Phishing often involves sending an email or showing a web announcement that falsely claims to be from a legitimate enterprise to trick someone into sharing private info. This confidential information typically includes passwords, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and bank account numbers.    

Most cybercrime occurs due to human error, so it is best to have your staff trained in all the possible ways a cybercrook could attack. For everything else, partner with 2W Tech. Contact 2W Tech today to start strengthening your cybersecurity posture and let our IT consultants work for you.  

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