Phishing and Cybercrime
HELDERBERG COLLEGE WILL NEVER SUDDENLY ASK YOU TO RESET YOUR ACCOUNT OR CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT FOR ANYTHING.
If you have not requested a password reset or If you do not expect a reset, or a details update email, and you suddenly receive one, please ignore the message and forward it to the IT Department: IT@hche.ac.za
What is Cybercrime?
According to Wikipedia, Cybercrime, is a crime that involves a computer and a network (such as the internet). The computer may have been used in the commission of a crime, or it may be the target, and may cause harm to one’s reputation, cause physical harm or loss of something. There are also problems of privacy when confidential information is intercepted or disclosed, lawfully or otherwise.
What is Phishing?
Phishing is a form of Cybercrime, and these scams are generally email messages that appear to come from a legitimate source, such as Helderberg College IT Department or your Bank. The email messages actually send you to a fake website. This website usually gets you to provide private information, such as your password, credit card or other personal information.
An example of this, would be receiving an email from your Bank. The email may state your account has been compromised, and you must login to your Account so as to re-activate it. When you login, what you do not know, is you are actually logging into a fake website which is recording your account login details.
What is Spear Phishing?
When a Phishing attack is directed at specific individuals, or a certain institution like Helderberg College, this is referred to as a “spear phishing” attack.
Below are some interesting Youtube videos on Phishing & Cybercrime – The more you know the better!