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What Is Vishing?

What Is Vishing?

 By Charles Joseph | Cybersecurity Researcher
 Published on November 26th, 2022
This post was updated on November 25th, 2023

Vishing is a phishing attack where the attacker uses a voice call or VoIP to trick the victim into giving them sensitive information.

Key Points

  • Vishing is a type of social engineering attack that involves tricking victims into revealing sensitive information, such as passwords or credit card numbers, over the phone.
  • Vishing attacks are often carried out by spoofing the caller ID of a trusted organization or individual, making the victim more likely to pick up the phone and trust the caller.
  • Vishing attacks can be difficult to detect, as they rely on social engineering techniques that exploit human trust and gullibility.
  • Vishing attacks can be prevented by raising awareness of the threat and teaching people how to identify and avoid them.

5 Reasons Why Hackers Use Vishing

  1. To steal personal information such as passwords, credit card numbers, or social security numbers
  2. To spread malware or viruses
  3. To scam people out of money
  4. To gain access to someone’s personal or financial information
  5. To commit identity theft
"Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people."
-- Bruce Schneier, a renown computer security professional
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