How do you perform on a test that examines your vulnerability to phishing?

How are we testing?:

This test checks to see if your computer is able to access one of the latest validated phishing sites uncovered by Phishtank.com. It covers all vectors of approach, including mobile traffic, which criminals have started to take advantage of as a key weakness area in many current security solutions. This test does not attempt to download actual malware.


Why is this test important?:

Criminals typically target phishing attacks at employees to steal corporate credentials or sensitive personal data such as banking account or password information. Links received in spam email or shared on social networks are often the main culprit.


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Use reputation-based filtering to block Phishing sites

Every week hundreds of thousands of new unsafe websites are discovered. An unsafe website may contain code used to install malicious software onto users’ computers without their knowledge (malware) or pose as a legitimate site trying to trick users into sharing their username and password or other sensitive information (phishing). Many unsafe websites are actually legitimate websites that have been compromised.

In the News:

Newcastle University spoofed in phishing scam - SC Magazine

24 Jul 2017
While the fraudsters committed a few errors in phony site, those unfamiliar with the actual site, such as foreign exchange students might easily mistake it for real. The hackers incorrectly referred to the school on the phishing site as the "Newcastle ...

Newcastle Uni Stung by Sophisticated Phishing Site - Infosecurity Magazine

21 Jul 2017
Newcastle University has been forced to issue a phishing alert after spotting a highly professional looking but fraudulent site trading on its name. In a tweet yesterday, the Russell Group university claimed the scam site is using its brand and ...

Newcastle University plagued by fake phishing site that accepts ... - International Business Times UK

20 Jul 2017
Scammers want to trick prospective Newcastle University students into paying tuition fees on a phishing site.

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