Spot the Phish - Phishing Emails

Spot the Phishing Attempt - Cybersecurity Awareness

The images displayed below are a combination of phishing emails and real emails. Spot the phish! Click on the images to zoom in.

Spoiler Alert: Answers are below.

Answer: All the emails are phishes! Let’s take a look below…

Image 1 details: The attachment is actually a .js file, not a PDF as the icon indicates. Take a closer look at the attachment and you’ll see it. In cybersecurity awareness you should never rely on the icon of the attachment as it can easily be manipulated. Instead, closely analyze the actual extension of the attachment.

Phishing Email Explained 1

Image 2 details: Once again, the attachment has a .com extension. It’s a clear phish!

Phishing Email Explained 2

 

Image 3 details: Here comes another malicious attachment! This one is a .bat extension which is essentially a batch script that can execute whatever code it holds on your machine. Plus, the email has spelling errors. It’s a phish!

Phishing Email Explained 3

Image 4 details: Here’s an instance when you need to go beyond analyzing the attachment and use your common sense. The chances of the President of an organization sending out this kind of email are pretty slim. Although the attachment appears legitimate, there is embedded code that can be used to join a typical Word document with a malicious executable file. It’s important to rely on your gut feeling from time to time. This is an attempted phishing attack!

 

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