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'Phishy' emails

Training staff to spot suspicious emails can combat Friday afternoon fraud, says Vanessa Crawley

17 July 2017

Cybercrime has dominated the headlines recently with the WannaCry ransomware causing global healthcare, telecommunications, and banking services, among other businesses, to grind to a halt. With security experts still picking through the fallout, law firms and others will be on high alert for follow-up attacks. ‘Friday afternoon fraud’, or phishing, is one such intrusion which is becoming much more commonplace and sophisticated.

While the advancement of technology has created many opportunities and boosted the economic climate, it has also opened up serious risks to businesses, including cybercrime. Phishing has caught many businesses out and cost them money. Law firms are by no means immune to this threat.

Phishing is a term used to describe the process whereby fraudsters contact victims (e.g. a staff member) often by email, pretending to be a trusted source and...

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