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Defining Vishing

In this video, you will be introduced to Vishing and the main objectives of this type of cybersecurity attack.
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Hello. And welcome to Section 1.5 of the Attacks course, Vishing. I’m Lisa Gilbert. And I will be sharing a lot of helpful information so you can understand this type of attack and defend against it. In our discussion of vishing, I will first define vishing and why it is important to understand and prevent. Next, I will discuss what attackers are trying to accomplish. Then I will explain exactly who is at risk and explore the red flags and warning signs that an attack may be taking place. We will also explore some of the tactics used by attackers and I will share some real life examples. Lastly, I’ll describe how you can protect yourself and your organisation from vishing attacks.
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Vishing, or voice phishing, is the fraudulent practise of making phone calls or leaving voice messages purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information. It’s easy for scammers to fake caller ID so they can appear to be calling from a local area code, or even from an organisation you know. If you don’t pick up, then they’ll leave a voice message asking you to call back. Sometimes these kinds of scams will employ an answering service or even a call centre that is unaware of the crime being perpetrated.
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The objectives of vishing are pretty straightforward. The attacker is trying to gain access to your personal information or to get you to make a payment of money to avoid some unpleasant outcome like being arrested or losing access to your social security. Vishing is especially used against older people, since they may be more vulnerable and less suspicious of this type of attack. So who is at risk for a vishing attack? Anyone who uses a mobile telephone or even a landline phone is at risk for a vishing attack. Vishers especially like to prey on older people who may be more trusting of a phone call than other vectors of attack, but nobody is exempt from their attempts.

In this video, you will be introduced to Vishing and the main objectives of this type of cybersecurity attack.

Vishing (voice phishing) is the fraudulent practice of making phone calls or leaving voice messages purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information​.

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