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Tech Bytes: Warning on LinkedIn spearphishing scam

Cybercriminals are employing a "spearfishing" scam via LinkedIn,

Cybercriminals are employing a "spearfishing" scam via LinkedIn, the social media site said. Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto/LeoWolfert

Many people are becoming savvier in avoiding phishing attacks by simply ignoring suspicious emails. But criminals are finding new ways to lure victims. Cybersecurity firm eSentire spotted a spearphishing scam on LinkedIn where hackers send fake job offers to specifically targeted members using similar job titles to the one the member has. The bogus job offers contain a malware attachment that could allow cybercriminals to take control of your computer.

Unlike phishing attacks, where hackers send out hundreds of thousands of emails indiscriminately, spearphishing is more insidious because it targets individuals using personal information that makes it more likely the recipient will open the email.


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