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How to avoid a spear-phishing attack

CNET – 4 tips to keep you safe from timeless scams. “The hacker’s message is urgent and aimed directly at you. We’ll teach you how to keep from getting duped…Targeted attacks, also called spear-phishing, aim to trick you into handing over login credentials or downloading malicious software. That’s what happened at Twitter in July, where the company says hackers targeted employees on their phones. Spear-phishing attacks also often take place over email. Hackers usually send targets an “urgent” message and include credible-sounding information specific to you, like something that could have come from your own tax return, social media account or credit card bill. These scams aim to override any red flags you might notice about the email with details that make the sender sound legitimate…”

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