In a presentation I was giving to the Certified Fraud Examiners last month, an audience member pointed out that in many phishing emails that are designed to steal our username and password, there are typos and common sense errors. A point well taken. However, I have seen many phishing emails that are devoid of any blunders that might stand out. Constant vigilance on all of our parts is the key to avoid clicking on links or attachments that may steal our credentials. Don’t click on them in an email from an unknown sender. When in doubt, throw it out!

A story broke this past weekend about a hacker group who already had the stolen the credentials of a financial institution and may have gotten away with a cool one billion dollars if they watched their spelling. Here is a link to the story in The Washington Post:

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/typo-thwarts-hackers-in-1-billion-cyber-heist-on-bangladesh-central-bank/2016/03/11/83466dd0-e7d8-11e5-a6f3-21ccdbc5f74e_story.html