Largo Books - What Went Wrong?

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Largo Books encountered a serious case of "spear phishing". Kaspersky Total Security defines spear phishing as, "an email or electronic communications scam targeted towards a specific individual, organization or business. Although often intended to steal data for malicious purposes, cybercriminals may also intend to install malware on a targeted user's computer." Largo Book customers were mislead into thinking that they had received an actual email from the company, presenting them with a deal most wouldn't pass up. A link was given in the email, proving its validity, and most likely asked for information like name, address, and credit information, typical questions a hacker would ask in order to receive the offered "deal". Sounding like this was a direct attack to Largo Books, hackers may have gotten into the network of the company in order to email its customers, compromising their Information System (IS).
In order for this hack to have been as successful as it was, this scam had to be convincing enough to have hundreds of Largo Book customers respond. Valacich describes various types of IS used in organizations, and when matching its purpose to its type, electronic commerce system, customer relationship management system, and enterprise resource planning systems may have been the companies most vulnerable areas of attack.
Today, hundreds of companies go through this exact issue. I personally have received emails from companies like Apple and even cell phone providers asking for more information, or providing me with a link to what seems to be a very identical website of that particular company. Now-a-days, a person wouldn't think twice to click the link and enter their information because most don't think they are at risk. Half don't even think about cyber risks they face daily. With software ensuring to help maintain a “virus free” computer, the user…...

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