Spoofing and SMBs

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Here at Creative Network Solutions, we are Manchester’s leading IT support and network services experts. From secure remote access services to business VoIP, we are the team you can count on. And this is our guide to everything you should know about spoofing and SMBs.

What is spoofing?

In cyber security spoofing is the term used when someone or something pretends to be something else, to gain our confidence and ultimately gain access to the network, data or systems. Spoofing usually requires an element of social engineering, using public details to find personal information and even to steal the targets identity, before spoofing them for other more sensitive information like passwords or bank details. Spoofing is usually used to target an individual, but related cyber crime activity like phishing and social engineering cause big problems for businesses, and businesses are not immune to spoofing either.

What is email spoofing?

Email spoofing is where emails are sent with false sender addresses, usually as part of a phishing attack. These emails will be designed to look like they were sent by a trusted company, organisation or friend or family member, using the trusted email address. These usually include links which will contain malware.

What is website spoofing?

Website spoofing is similar in that the malicious page will be designed to look like one you already know and trust. Most frequently, the spoofed site will be designed to look just like the login page for a website you frequently use, down to the visual design, logos and the structure of the page. This all helps make the target feel more secure about entering the sensitive information, and makes it easier for the criminals to steal the information.

How can SMBs protect against malicious links in spoofing attempts?

If your company, or even one employee at your business is receiving spoof emails, there is a higher chance that your company could face future ransomware or other malware attacks. This is because all it takes is for one email to be trusted and one link to be followed for your businesses network to be made insecure. As soon as the attackers have the passwords or information they need, they can use this as part of a more complex cyber attack. And that’s without mentioning any malware that may have been downloaded as soon as the link was opened. Trojan malware and worms can cause damage across your whole network from just one simple mistake. So how can you keep your company safe? Well, there are several steps you can take including:

  • Employee training- the number one way to prevent this is to train your employees to be prepared and aware of the risks of spoof emails and spoof websites. Some things they should be aware of include:
    • Poor spelling or grammar- while their hacking may be good, cyber criminals usually don’t use manage to proofread their spoof emails and you can identify a spoof or phishing scam usually by looking at the many typos, or the unusual sentence structure.
    • Strange request- if an email is asking for something unusual, and is apparently from a family member or friend, its best to check in with them IRL before opening any links.
  • Anti-malware- installing anti-malware across your network can help identify and prevent malware attacks on your devices, keeping your business safe.

For more information or advice, why not ask the experts today, here at Creative Network Solutions.