In the previous blog post, we have explained the Third-Party Phishing. In this post, we will go into detail on Clone Phishing.

Do you know? Your email is also Not Safe!

At regular intervals, you may receive official emails from your service providers along with the hackers too. They become annoying sometimes, right?

Here’s where your aggravations to these mails generate a favorable circumstance to the hackers for Clone Phishing.

Clone phishing is when a hacker makes a virtual replica of the authentic email message that is sent from a trusted organization. Hackers alter the email by altering or adding a link that leads to a malicious and fake website.

It’s a next-level trick of misleading the recipient’s cynicism beyond Spear phishing.

What is Clone Phishing?

Clone Phishing is an attack where a previously received mail containing an attachment or link is used by the phisher to create an almost same email with malicious substitutions disguised as the authentic ones.

It may surprise you that in a recent report we found that the number of Cloned & Phished Website in a span of 5 months reached up to 72.70% while 48 percent of the recorded phishing attacks have used “.com”.

The emails are sent to the mass & the hacker waits for the victim to click on it. As soon as the victim clicks the link he/she falls in the trap. The hacker then tactfully forwards the same mail (containing malware) to the rest of the contacts from their inbox.

Some of the major characteristics of Clone Phishing are:

  • • It’s a spoofed email address would turn out to emerge from an original source
  • • It’s a malicious version is been replaced with the original attached file
  • • It would claim to be the regenerated version of the original email.

Examples that how hackers attempt to fool the receiver by sending emails such as:

   •  Click here to get your refund

   • Your account is out of date

   • Here’s your invite

   •  Hoax virus warning

How Clone Phishing may turn dangerous for you?

Clone phishing is difficult to identify as the user trusts them to be valid. If you receive an mail from an address you are already aware of then it’s less likely to be suspicious of the mail! How can one know that it’s replaced with malicious ones? It’s tough to identify but not still not impossible though.

Relax! Here are some of the ways to prevent from Clone Phishing.

      •  Check the sender of the email,

      •   Legit companies don’t request for your sensitive information at least via email,

      •   Try to follow up the email with the possible sender it appears to come from,

      •   Look for mismatches between displayed URLs and the original link in the message,

      •   Don’t click on “remove” or “reply” to unwanted emails,

      •   Always submit your information to the websites that have “http” adjunct before the URL of any website,

      •  If you find anything suspicious, report the emails to Anti-Phishing Organizations.

Signs that may help you to detect Phished Mails:

Hover over any link before clicking on any landing page. This will show you the actual email URL as opposed to the presented link which has no deal with the real one. The email program can also set to display the real sender rather than someone unknown – this will give a good sign to match that the email is real or not.

Regular training or making them aware of different phishing attack is the most effective way to secure your organization. By spreading awareness about this alarming phishing and also regarding cybersecurity awareness you can educate the users which are much needed to have a secured organization.

Still, if you don’t have a hint concerning how to take a proper step, then always get help from expert cyber security consultant.

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