Phishing and Malware Alert

Alert received today via Kent Police of a mass ‘phishing'(1) campaign currently in circulation attempting to distribute a malicious link contained in an email.

This uses the details of the genuine charity, Migrant Helpline, to trick members of the public. Anyone clicking on a link downloads a well known Trojan (2) equipped to steal personal banking details. Please check methods and details before making donations.

For full details click this link.

TECHNOLOGY DEFINITIONS:

  1. Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
  2. A Trojan horse or Trojan is a type of malware that is often disguised as legitimate software. Trojans can be employed by cyber-thieves and hackers trying to gain access to users’ systems. Users are typically tricked by some form of social engineering into loading and executing Trojans on their systems.