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Whether attempting to steal passwords or sensitive information, attackers employ a variety of techniques in their phishing attacks. These attacks use email, text and phone calls to trick victims into clicking on malicious links or giving away information. Attackers often impersonate technical support, banks or government organizations to gain victims’ trust.

Phishing tactics can be very sophisticated and hard to detect. For example, attackers may use a technique called page hijacking to create a duplicate website that appears very similar to the original site but contains malware. The victim is then directed to this site when they click on the malicious link in an email. The attackers are able to harvest the victim’s login credentials and passwords on the duplicate website, or they can download malware onto the victim’s computer such as ransomware.

Another common technique is to use AI voice generator tools to make the attacker sound very familiar. This personalization helps the phishing attempt seem more legitimate and increases its likeliness to work. Attackers can also impersonate a manager or family member to convince victims that the email is genuine and should be trusted.

The best way to avoid phishing is to be vigilant and think before you click. It is always a good idea to only open attachments that you have specifically requested and never give out personal information via unsolicited emails or phone calls. Also, be wary of email addresses that look suspicious or if you are cc’d on an email with people you do not regularly communicate with.