Phishing scams are arising at a fast and furious pace in the first quarter of 2017, with the IRS recently issuing a warning that these attacks are now targeting non-profits and school districts. These organizations are new on the hit-list, as the phishing attacks have already been known to target for-profit corporations. Phishing is the general term used for how attackers try to persuade a user to provide information. These scams can be conducted by phone or email, and often are so realistic the recipient has no idea that it is not legitimate. Some of the risks of falling prey to these scams is the loss or unauthorized disclosure of sensitive information, the risk of a malware intrusion, or an increased risk of ransomware.
*This alert was originally posted on Arent Fox's Behind the Scenes blog. To read this alert in its entirety, please click here.