SMS Phishing: What It Is and How to Protect Yourself
SMS phishing, or “smishing,” is a type of phishing attack that uses text messages to trick people into divulging sensitive information or performing certain actions. The goal of SMS phishing is the same as traditional phishing: to steal personal information, such as usernames, passwords, and credit card numbers, or to install malware on the victim’s device.
In an SMS phishing attack, the attacker typically sends a text message that appears to be from a trusted source, such as a bank, a government agency, or a popular retailer. The message may ask the recipient to click on a link or call a phone number to confirm their account details, update their personal information, or claim a prize. The link or phone number leads to a fake website or a call center operated by the attacker, where the victim is prompted to enter their sensitive information.
SMS phishing attacks are becoming increasingly common, as more people rely on their mobile devices for everyday tasks and communication. According to a recent report, smishing attacks increased by 328% in 2020 compared to the previous year.