SMiShing uses SMS (Short Message Service) as the attack vector. The attacker’s objective is to trick the target into installing malware on their device, or to reveal account information. The attacker crafts a SMiShing message to make the receiver think the communication is from a familiar or trusted source. The bad actor then sends their target a SMiShing message containing a malicious link. The link, if clicked, redirects the target to a website under the attacker’s control. SMiShing is a social engineering attack because criminals exploit the target’s vulnerabilities; the desire to trust, to be helpful, or to act quickly on a perceived danger. SMiShing is a very real security threat to enterprises as 39% of employees now access corporate data on personal devices.

Twilio Reports SMiShing Attack

SMiShing attack on Twilio employees’ compromises employee and customer accounts. On August 4, 2022, Twilio became aware of unauthorized access to information related to a limited number of Twilio customer accounts. How did the attackers gain access? According to Twilio’s Incident Report, current and former employees received text messages purporting to be from Twilio’s IT (Information Technology) department. The SMiShing message suggested that the employees’ passwords had expired, or that their schedule had changed. The SMiShing message included a link that when clicked would take the employee to a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) controlled by the attackers. The URLs used words including “Twilio,” “Okta,” and “SSO” to trick the employees. If they clicked on the link, it would take them to a webpage that impersonated Twilio’s sign-in page.

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