Hello, so once again I am here to inform you about another security threat. Earlier we learned about Sim Swapping, how cyber criminals trick you into changing your SIM card and stealing your data. In today’s topic, we will know about the same type of cyber attack and its mechanism. Today’s topic will be SMiShing, so let’s know about it.
What is ‘SMiShing’?
Most of the people know about Fraud using email. You probably have learned to suspect emails such as “Hi, check this link to earn your free credit”. And you ignore it by following the mail. This is the story of people who are aware of this method of fraud but what of those people who do not know about this kind of fraud. Most people are victims of phishing who do not fully understand any mail or message. There may be 2 main reasons. One is that they do not understand the language in which the mail or message was sent, or they are very poor at it. And another reason is that due to the attractive offers they do not read the entire message and give their information without understanding. Often such people suffer from Phishing.
This is the story of fraud caused by mails but did you know that this type of fraud can also be done by SMS?
Smishing is a type of phishing attack. It is a security attack in which someone tries to trick you into giving you your personal information. The attacker tries to trick the user into downloading Trojan horses, viruses, or other malware into cellular phones or other mobile devices. Attackers send SMS to send this malware or Trojan horse Or uses text. Smishing is the acronym for ‘SMS Phishing’.
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Texting is one of the most common uses of smartphones today and according to a survey, more than 2022 text messages are exchanged every month. According to the survey, it is reported that people between the ages of 18 and 24 are the most frequently used text messages. That means if we take the average of text messages sent in one day, it is 67.
In the early decades of mobile phones SMS was a feature. Charge from customer to facilitate SMS. But now there are many free applications available on the market that allow you to send free messages. That means more talk at a lower cost. In this way, messages are a widely used medium for exchanging information or communicating in the age of smartphones. Not only that, but companies offering mobile networks also use messages to send their offers. And this is the only thing hackers or cheaters can easily take advantage of.
People are less careful when it comes to their phones. Many people think their phones are safer than computers. But that is not the truth. In fact, the security of a smartphone has its limitations and not all people understand it. Due to limited security, they are not able to directly protect against smishing and suffer. According to WillisWire, cybercrime aimed at mobile devices is increasing, just as mobile device usage is. So we can say that cybercrime in mobile devices is the same as the use of mobile devices.
Nevertheless, mobile devices continue to be a prime target for malware simply because Android devices provide a flexible platform for the customer and the SMS itself works on the cross-platform. This is becoming dangerous for iPhone and iPad users because they believe that those people are safe from all this attack. Although Apple’s iOS technology has a reputation for security. But the fact is, no mobile operating system can protect you against a phishing style attack.
Another risk factor is that you frequently use your smartphone while you’re in a rush. This means that when you receive an SMS asking for bank details or sensitive data for you, you give away all the information without thinking or paying enough attention. In these circumstances, you have the full potential of being the victim of an attack.
Who Really Is The Smisherman? And What Is Its Main Purpose?
In short, like most cybercriminals, they are out to steal your personal data for the purpose of stealing money. Cybercriminals mainly use 2 methods to steal data.
First, they will trick you into downloading the malware they have created on your phone. Then the malware you have installed becomes automatic and cybercriminals can use it to annoy you. This malware can masquerade as a legitimate application and trick you into providing confidential information. On the other hand, the masquerade link will take you to a faked website where you are asked to enter your personal and sensitive information which cybercriminals can use to steal your online ID.
As more and more people use their personal smartphones for work, smishing is becoming a major threat to the business as well as to consumers. It’s no surprise that smishing is becoming a major form of malicious text day by day.
Protect Yourself From Smishing
- You should provide information about immediate security alerts and coupon redemption, offers or deals as warning signs of hacking attempts.
- No financial institution or merchant will not send you a text message to update your account information or confirm your ATM card code. If you get a message that belongs to your bank or a dealer that you do business with, and they ask you to click on something in the message, that’s a fraud. Call your bank or merchant directly if you have any doubts.
- Call Customer Care to check the authenticity of the message.
- Never click on a reply link or phone number in a message you aren’t sure.
- Don’t reply to suspicious text messages.
- Look for suspicious numbers that don’t look like real mobile phone numbers, like “5000”. According to a network world note, these numbers link to email-to-text services, which are sometimes used by scam artists to avoid providing their actual phone numbers.
- Do not store your credit card or banking information on your smartphone. If information is not there, a thief may not be able to steal despite installing malware on your phone.
- Report all smishing attacks to the FCC to protect others.