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Why businesses need a more enlightened approach to phishing attacks

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City firms often fire staff for accidently clicking on phishing emails, but there is a better approach, Intel Security’s Raj Samani tells Computer Weekly.
Threatening staff with dismissal for clicking on phishing emails that infect corporate systems with malware is a big mistake, a leading security expert has warned.
Raj Samani , chief technology officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa (Emea) at Intel Security, said the widespread practice of making falling for email scams a sackable offence in City firms is simply bad for security.
In an interview with Computer Weekly, Samani said hackers, private detectives and criminals use sophisticated psychological techniques, designed to bypass the conscious mind, so that otherwise sensible people click on malware.
The malware is often hidden in an email targeted to a specific victim – a technique known as spear phishing .
In one notorious scam that still attracts multiple victims, hackers pose as the victim’s chief executive officer by sending a convincing email to a victim in the finance department, asking for an immediate transfer of cash to complete a business deal.

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