Phishing doesn’t have to happen over email – phone calls are just as easy to spoof.

This week’s term is vishing. Also known as voice phishing, these are calls from attackers claiming to be government agencies such as the IRS, software vendors like Microsoft, or services offering to help with benefits or credit card rates. Attackers will often appear to be calling from a local number close to yours. Flaws in how caller ID and phone number verification work make this a dangerous attack vector.

For more information on phishing, check out the University’s Information Security website.