Phishers use taxman con to hook home insurance giant


Phishers use taxman con to hook home insurance giant

More than 3,000 BetterSure clients targeted, but firm insists no personal data has been compromised

Senior reporter

Cyber criminals have launched a phishing attack on nearly 4,000 BetterSure home insurance clients, but the bank says its firewall and e-mail security system immediately picked up on the threat.

On Friday, using a phishing e-mail, the attackers gained access to an internal e-mail account of a BetterSure administration employee. Through this account the hackers then targeted 3,500 of the company’s clients using a similar phishing e-mail.

Phishing e-mails, which contain malicious software, are disguised to look like e-mails from legitimate businesses, and are used by criminals to con prospective victims into divulging personal information such as login details and passwords for bank and retail accounts...

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