Hacking of emails on the increase

CAN you remember a time when we did not have email?

I remember receiving a special course on how to use emails at work in the mid-1990s at Bowen police station.

Emails have since become so entrenched in our daily work that you simply can't imagine functioning without them.

Crooks have a habit of taking advantage of our blind spots - can you guess where I am going with this?

You might not associate emails with crime, but have a read of these two local examples and then let me know your thoughts.

Think of a business relationship between a company that manages finance and one of their clients.

The client is overseas on a holiday and the business receives emails from the client requesting the forwarding of funds to a specific account.

The first request is asking for money to extend the holiday.

The second request is asking for money to enable a real estate purchase.

Email contact is common between the client and his financial manager.

But the customer's email account has been breached and taken over - the company does not know this until it's too late.

If we take the experts for their word, email account takeovers are becoming more common.

We can keep them out with a good anti-virus, responsible and common sense internet use and being aware of the information that we make easily available through social media.


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