2. 'You Just Lost Your 401(k),' And Other Attacks Exploiting The Failing Economy
In tough times, the cybercriminals get tougher. True to form, criminals are taking advantage of the economic crisis and finding new ways to scam users who are worried about their employment and financial status.
Expect to see more legitimate-looking phishing attacks impersonating mortgage lenders and banks offering to give users great deals on loans or offering credit cards for cash-strapped users. Other attacks might request users' passwords and account information, claiming to transfer to their old account information from a bank that has closed.
"I think it's going to be more dramatic than last year," said Anthony James, vice president of products for Fortinet. "Phishing has become so well-architected, it's hard to distinguish, 'Is it my bank or is it not?'"