The Florida Bar News Dec 1, 2017
This may not be at the top of your holiday preparation list, but The Florida Bar’s Practice Resource Institute is reminding all Bar members to protect themselves from holiday phishing scams or malware campaigns.
A 2017 Cyber Monday Phishing Survey by DomainTools found that 38 percent of respondents had fallen victim to an online phishing attack. This is despite more than 90 percent of respondents stating that they are familiar with phishing.
“This goes to show how clever these criminals have become with their schemes,” said Bar President Michael Higer. “During the holiday season, lawyers — just like everyone else — need to pay extra attention and be mindful of online scams.”
The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team — a division of the Department of Homeland Security — reminds the public to remain vigilant when browsing or shopping online this holiday season. Emails and ecards from unknown senders may contain malicious links. Fake advertisements or shipping notifications may deliver attachments infected with malware. Spoofed email messages and phony posts on social networking sites may request support for fraudulent causes.