Mattel Targeted by ‘well-crafted’ Phishing Scam

The Register reported that Mattel had been hit by a ‘well-crafted’ phishing scam that almost cost the company $3m. Here to comment on this news is Richard Beck, Head of Cyber Security at QA, which you are welcome to use.

Richard Beck, Head of Cyber Security at QA:

“This attack is a prime example of how phishing scams are becoming more sophisticated, and better planned out. This is only going to get worse before it gets better. Recent research conducted by QA amongst IT security professionals showed that compromise through employees is the second biggest threat to corporate security this year.

“The best way to defend against this nature of attack is to ensure all employees, executives included, know not to click on a URL sent via email. The key here is education. The actions of employees, whether intentional or accidental – can lead to catastrophic data breaches. Without a risk education programme for all staff, organisations like Mattel will not be able protect themselves from being toyed with by cyber criminals.”

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