European Cyber Security Month focuses on anti-phishing


In conjunction with the European Cyber Security Month, the Centre for Cybersecurity Belgium has launched an awareness raising campaign on whether you recognise deceitful e-mails in time. It also wants to prod everyone to report such messages. 

On the occasion of the European Cyber Security Month, the Centre for Cybersecurity Belgium (CCB) and the Cyber Security Coalition are launching a joint awareness raising campaign about security on the internet.

The campaign is this year geared to phishing, i.e. a form of internet fraud whereby fraudsters lure you to a website which is a copy of a real website. They then have you log in with your login, password and credit card number, and thus the fraudster obtains your data. No fewer than 9% of Belgian internet users have lost money through internet fraud including phishing (Eurostat 2015). 

Recognising and reporting false messages  

When you recognise a false message, it is best to delete it immediately. Do not open any attachments to e-mails that you do not trust and certainly do not click on the link in the message. The CCB wants to go a step further in the fight against phishing and asks everyone to forward suspect messages to before deleting them.

The CCB will scan the links and attachments automatically with advanced anti-virus technology. Dangerous links will be put on a blacklist and blocked by the main web browsers. The CCB makes the technical data on viruses available to anti-virus companies.  

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Tricksters lure you to a fake website that is a copy of a real one. They then get you to log in with your user name, password and credit card number. Once you’ve done that, the fraudster has your details.