With the rise of attacks using familiar everyday tech as vectors, it is important to discuss the difference between a legitimate, bulk SMS and a well-crafted, malicious SMS designed to access your data or use your device for more nefarious actions.
In this article, we provide an overview of an increasingly common cyber-attack that relies on the common usage of SMS as a platform, SMS phishing, and how it differs from bulk SMS. We’ll walk through examples of SMS phishing, highlight what you should watch out for, and help you recognize legitimate SMS communications.
What is phishing?
Phishing is a cyber-attack that disguises common communication platforms, such as email or messaging services, as a weapon. The goal of this attack is to trick the recipient into believing that the message is urgent and something that they want or need.
Typically, these attacks can include:
- A request from their bank to …