Phishing snags users

Staff Sgt. Laura Gulbransen
735th Communications Squadron

The wing information assurance office is educating employees about an Internet scam that lures victims to give up personal information.

“Phishing” is when hackers imitate companies by sending official-looking e-mails. The e-mails trick people into sharing passwords, credit card, account and social security numbers and other information.

“This creative cyber crime is just another form of identity theft,” said Senior Master Sgt. Glen Saxon, 735th Communications Squadron Information Security Flight superintendent.

E-mail recipients are directed to a fake Web page that looks identical to a company’s legitimate site. As soon as the “phishermen” have personal information, they exploit the accounts. Companies, such as Bank of America and eBay have been illegally imitated as part of this scam.

“It is important for government computer users to be aware and cautious of scams like this. It introduces vulnerabilities to our network by visiting these sites,” said Master Sgt. James Villella, 435th Air Base Wing Information Assurance Office chief.
Call the WIAO at at 480-5519 for more details.