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Cybercrime has introduced a new element in the online and mobile scams and phishing: the “urgency” factor
Cybercrime has introduced a new element in the online and mobile scams and phishing: the “urgency” factor. We began to see in the last cyber attacks worldwide, especially related to supposed big brands reward programs, “temporized” offers. Users have limited time, usually a couple of minutes, to join them and fill the forms. Otherwise, the proposal will no longer be valid. This is a simple trick used by cyber criminals to prevent that the potential victim could check the truthfulness of the message and of the offer. And in parallel to increase the hype on them. This, also thanks to the fact that often it’s not so easy to navigate in the companies websites, full of offers and informations. So the targets will be encouraged first to answer the questions or perform the required actions, and then eventually to verify them.
The first and main platform involved in the “urgency” scams is the mobile, via Smishing campaigns. Cyber criminals know that’s difficult to do checks on a small touchscreen and that the chance to mess up is high. Furthermore peolple look at messages in a casually way
The first and main platform in which the “urgency” factor trick is used is the mobile. Cybercrime is spreading “temporized” malicious campaigns with the Smishing (SMS phishing). This, because it’s more difficult to check using a smartphone and usually people look at messages in a casually way. Furthermore, users are more likely to make errors with a small touchscreen, than with a big monitor and a mouse. Especially, among the elderly. One of the most targeted categories with this kind of cyber attacks, thanks to their lack of familiarity with the new technologies and threats. So, “temporized” scam are increasing everywhere, usually associated to well famous brands, used as baits to attract as many victims as possible.