Phishers use taxman con to hook home insurance giant

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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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