The Phishing Mania Goes On

No matter how much you try, you just cannot completely document the impact of technology. It can only be felt in small samples surrounding us. That’s how extensive this tech-led revolution has been. After all, it takes a lot to rework the entire world’s priorities. There is hardly anyone who doesn’t rely on technology to at least some degree, and our reliance isn’t there without being accompanied by a good reason. We know the substantiality of the return we are getting from it, and in all honesty, we are always looking to get more and more of the same. To make that happen, we have created an environment that fosters creative initiatives, which carry the potential to answer some of our day-to-day and long run questions. This has paved the way for a whole new approach to life.

With technology orchestrating everything, our definition of basic has changed. It’s true that not all of us harbor grand ambitions like space travel on the basis of technological advancement, but even if what we seek is utterly basic, in today’s age it’s likely to involve technology one way or another. The sticking point here is that hackers know this as well.

Cybercrime is booming throughout the world. The crazy financial prospects of it have threat actors attacking the digital realm with all sorts of destructive tools, and their latest target is digital payments magnet, PayPal.

Concerning reports regarding PayPal users becoming victim of phishing attacks have recently emerged. However, this isn’t just another spoofed login or false forms case. The hackers have been really meticulous in their planning, and it shows at every step. Basically, if we follow the details provided by victims, the attack is kickstarted by sending a highly sophisticated email, which does nothing to raise suspicions of any kind. Next up, the victim is asked to initiate a live chat with Paypal in regards to a service notice said to be linked with target’s account. As a way of increasing legitimacy, the threat actors also seemingly include some links that one can locate in PayPal’s official contact details.

Nevertheless, the URL provided to start the live chat leads the user to a false chat box. Here, the threat actors use automated scripts to conduct a believable conversation, through which they then gain sensitive information like phone numbers, email addresses, and credit card numbers.

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