New phishing attack targets half a billion email users

May 1, 2018 - 1 minute read

A new phishing attack, discovered in January, is targeting email users in the United States, UK, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. The attack has sent over 550 million emails disguised as popular brands and services in their respective country. The emails offer coupons and discounts to those who participate in online quizzes and contests. The goal of these attacks is to obtain banking information.

Phishing attacks are a big threat to small business and small business owners need to recognize they are targets. Think before you click is a great way to protect oneself from becoming a victim of a phishing attack. This particular attack shortens the URLs in the links within the email, this is a red flag that it may be a phishing email. Receiving unsolicited offers of gift cards or discounts on products is another red flag.