A phishing kit is a collection of various software utilities such as HTML, images, and code that allow cybercriminals to create and launch a phishing attack . Phishing kits enable people who have little or no knowledge of phishing to create hundreds or thousands of phishing pages and efficiently attack a larger audience.
What is a phishing kit?
Hackers use phishing kits to build websites that trick people into thinking they are on a legitimate site . They are shortcuts to launch a phishing attack with little effort by cloning a well-known organization or brand by mirroring its legitimate website. When people visit a phishing website, the homepage, login field, or form on the site looks authentic. Phishing kits are used to build an independent page that imitates a legitimate website and doesn't impact the real site's operation. A phishing kit can also include email templates, sample scripts, and graphics that imitate correspondence from well-known brands. They are used to carry out the following attacks: spear phishing , whale phishing , SMiShing (over text), and vishing (over the phone).
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How phishing kits work
Phishing kits usually only last about 36 hours before they are found and removed by security systems. They are realistic enough to trick victims into providing their personal login information. Advanced phishing kits allow cybercriminals to steal sensitive data such as:
- Credit card numbers
- Social Security numbers
- CVV numbers
- Dates of birth
How to prevent phishing attacks
Phishing kits can launch hundreds or thousands of phishing pages. Detecting them helps investigators identify and track cybercriminals because phishing kits are usually linked to a designated email address used to illegally collect victim data which investigators can trace back to the phishing kit creators. Healthcare providers need to remain vigilant by doing the following:
- Not entering personal or sensitive information on a pop-up screen
- Not opening any links or attachments from unknown or suspicious sources
- Using strong passwords and two-step authentication
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