EMAIL ATTACKS AND CRIME INVOLVING EMAIL
Ever since the emergency of the internet and subsequent discovery of the electronic mail (email) system as a fast, efficient and seeming secured means of written communication exchange; email has continued to gain popularity and attract more users for varied purposes. Emails’ convenient-to-use, relative anonymity and borderless attributes may have informed its apparent advances in replacing the traditional postal mail systems, and in the attraction of wide-ranging businesses and criminal applications. Presently, amazing amount of emails are sent and received every day and; interestingly, lots of easily convertible monetary values transit through these emails on second-by-second bases.
Many private individuals, groups and organizations have suffered tremendous losses in revenue and other resources on account of crimes involving emails. Organizational databases, work platforms, corporate communications, treasuries and valuable resources stored in electronic form are often broken into by criminals through email attacks using social engineering on hoax mails or spear phishing emails. Habitually, people get paranoid at the slightest thought of these crimes due to their strange natures, the level of devastation they wreck in a very short time, their increasing rates of occurrences and their rising successfulness.
Demystifying these common but persisting crimes involving emails is the motivation for this write-up. Therefore, sharing this information in nontechnical language for the understanding of all is the principal objective; particularly as this is considered the most effective means of extending real help to victims, potential targets and everyone that uses email. I believe discussing this with common examples will be helpful.