Phishing v/s Vishing v/s SMShing


PHISHING

According to Wikipedia, Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information or data, such as usernames, passwords, credit card details, or other sensitive details, by impersonating oneself as a trustworthy entity in digital communication.

In a nutshell, phishing is a type of attack that typically attempts to trick the victim into clicking on a link or executing malware. It is typically carried out by sending fake emails or instant messages about a fake website that looks legitimate to enter credentials. Also, it is a form of social engineering.

SMiShing

  • SMS Phishing uses text messages to deliver the bait to divulge their personal information. 
  • Smishing attacks typically invite the user to click a link, call a phone number, or contact an email address provided by the attacker via SMS message. 
  • The victim is then asked to provide sensitive information. Moreover, URLs may not be displayed properly on mobile browsers. Results in making it difficult to identify a genuine webpage.
  • As the use of mobile phones increased in past few years, a malicious link sent via SMS can yield the same result as it would have via email.

VISHING

  • Vishing is phishing over a voice call.
  • Not all attacks require a fake login website.
  • Text Messages that claimed to be from a bank tell users to dial a number, if they want to resolve the issue with their bank account or need a discount on their credit card number.
  • When the phone number is dialed, it asks users to enter their account number and PIN.
  • It may sometimes give a fake caller-ID data to make it look like a legitimate one (in this case using Truecaller or any other application will work as bait).
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