Thursday, May 01, 2008

Walt Mossberg on Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

You know phishing has become a mainstream problem when Walt Mossberg writes about it.


When most people think about Internet security problems, they focus on viruses and spyware -- technological attacks that can usually be mitigated by technological defenses. But the most insidious Internet security problems today rely on human gullibility, not tricky software...These types of attacks are called "social engineering," and they are used by criminals to steal your money and identity, and to plant on your computer malicious software that can be used to keep ripping you off.