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€25 million theft last year via internet scams: Only one telecom company immediately blocks phishing sites |  MyGuide

€25 million theft last year via internet scams: Only one telecom company immediately blocks phishing sites | MyGuide

mining companyIn 2021, cybercriminals in Belgium stole 25 million euros via phishing, according to figures from the financial sector association Febelfin. That’s about 9 million less than the previous year, but cybercriminals are not sitting still and are constantly inventing new ways to deceive online. Where can you report a phishing message? And what do telecom companies do to avoid phishing? Mytelco.be Discover it.


Written by Felix Feret, in collaboration with Mijntelco.be


Last updated:
24-08-22, 08:37


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Cybersecurity starts with you by alerting you to emails, text messages, phone calls, WhatsApp or Messenger messages from unknown senders. In phishing scams, try to obtain confidential information, such as passwords, bank details or personal data. They pretend to be someone from a bank, government, or eviction service, or pretend to be a family member, acquaintance, or colleague. Using fake websites is also part of the cybercriminal’s toolkit.

Remember that companies never ask for sensitive information like bank details, ID number, passwords, PIN numbers, etc. If someone did, alarm bells should go off immediately. If you pass personal information, block your card immediately or change your passwords.

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Spam filters

Combating phishing and other forms of cybercrime is not only a priority for the European Union and Belgium, but telecom operators are leading the way through the continuous improvement of tools that can detect phishing attempts and other forms of online fraud. They do this on the basis of numbers and repeating parameters such as frequency and numbers.

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The more data spam filters have, the better equipped they are to recognize and block fraudulent messages. This is why operators share information with each other, but also with authorities such as the Center for Cyber ​​Security of Belgium (CCB) and GSMA, the global sectoral association of mobile network operators.

civic duty

Users play an important role in combating phishing, by reporting phishing attempts to operators or Safeonweb.be, an initiative of the Belgian government to inform citizens in a fast and correct way about cybersecurity, current major digital threats and online safety. You can go there by sending scam emails or text messages to “[email protected]”. The project was called Belgian Anti-Phishing Shield (BAPS).

After the analysis, the operators are notified of the sites that have been confirmed as phishing sites, after which they block them. The more cases of cybercrime reported by users, the better. Proximus is currently the only operator that immediately blocks all phishing sites received by CCB.

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stop phishing

Through its ‘Stop Phising’ programme, an initiative of Communications Minister Petra de Sater, the government wants to do more in the fight against phishing. A coordinated approach and better information exchange should ensure greater effectiveness. But current telecom legislation does not allow operators to scan text messages.

Awareness

The best way to reduce the risk of cyber attacks is to raise awareness. Operators warn users, for example via social media, when new phishing attacks are spreading. Safeonweb.be also conducts awareness campaigns.

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With regard to investments in cyber security, we can safely call Proximus a leader among the operators of our country. The company’s Cyber ​​Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) constantly monitors security alerts to detect new phishing attacks. In 2020, for example, in 742,000 cases, users were prevented from accessing malicious websites.



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This article was brought to you by our partner Mijntelco. Mijntelco.be is an independent communications comparator for the Internet, mobile phones, television and fixed line.