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FBI warns against “man-in-the-e-mail“ attacks

December 4, 2013

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FBI has issued warning against man-in-the-middle type attacks that affected several companies in the Washington state. The attacker first intercepted e-mail communication between those companies and their Chinese supplier and than impersonated each other in fraudulent communication. This way, the attacker managed to persuade the companies to send money to a new bank account that belonged to him. FBI provides some recommendations to prevent such scams – most important being: to establish secondary form of communication to confirm important messages, usage of digital signatures, not using reply option in important e-mails.

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