Using security trainings the Google subsidiary Jigsaw has held with nearly 10,000 journalists, activists, and political leaders around the world from Ukraine to Syria to Ecuador, Google has published an interactive quiz to help you sharpen your skills at identifying (AND AVOIDING!) phishy emails. Give it a try and see what you think! https://phishingquiz.withgoogle.com/
In the wake of the recent New Zealand mosque shootings, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) advises users to watch out for possible malicious cyber activity seeking to capitalize on this tragic event. Users should exercise caution in handling emails related to the shootings, even if they appear to originate from trusted sources. Fraudulent emails often contain links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites. Emails requesting donations from duplicitous charitable organizations are also common after tragic events.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an article addressing a rise in reports of internet romance scams. In this type of fraud, cyber criminals gain the confidence of their victims and trick them into sending money. Use caution when online dating, and never send money or gifts to someone you have not met in person.