Fake emails used by hackers in "phishing" attacks to access company and government data are getting harder to distinguish from real ones, security experts say.
The sophisticated attacks -- targeting the likes of attorneys, oil executives and managers at military contractors -- are increasingly attempting to acquire proprietary documents and passwords to gain access to company and government databases, security specialists said.
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The fake, but apparently genuine, emails often includes links that, when clicked on, result in the undetectable download of malware that infects personal computers, turning them into remotely controlled robots for hackers.
"They are compromised by adversaries because they are the perfect spot to put malware because a lot of the employees from the industry will go there," McMahon said.
"They certainly wouldn't sue an employee, because they don't have deep pockets to pay a claim," Toren said. "But it certainly could be grounds for termination. 'You failed to listen to us. You failed to follow training.'"
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