In 1933 a “spoof” was exaggerating characteristic features for comic effect as coined by Arthur Roberts, English comedian.

In 2000 it is a deliberate attempt to hoax or trick someone. For example, telemarketers today use spoofing techniques to connect to a person to try and sell them something. The call recipient thinks they are receiving a call from a friend or known contact only to find out that is not the case.

All spoofing is illegal and against FCC rules. Individuals can be prosecuted if they are caught. The best way to protect your phone is to register on the Do Not Call List at: https://www.fcc.gov/general/do-not-call

Recently we are all aware of “DO NOT CLICK” for our email. This is serious, if you do not know the sender and even if you think you do double check the spelling of their email and other credentials before clicking. Ransomware is costing companies and now individuals huge amounts of money to get their data back.

In the context of data security, and particularly network security, a spoofing vulnerability is a scenario where someone or an entity successfully identifies themselves to be another by falsely modifying data, in order to gain an unfair advantage. While many assume that all spoofing is done with computers, this is rarely the case. Computer spoofing is done all the time on the Internet. A data transmission may be infected with a spoofing virus, which can cause serious problems for network security.

There are a few common methods of spoofing attacks. The most prevalent is where attackers send spoofed email addresses or web page messages to their victim. These spoofing attacks work by hijacking the legitimate sender’s address and IP addresses of legitimate senders, so that when the real sender sends the email, it appears to be coming from the spoofed location. In other words, instead of going to a website, the spoofed site appears to be the website. Once an email is clicked on or a link within an email the network is infected and will invade the network eventually taking over and shutting it down A/K/A an ransomware attack for which money is sometimes paid to get your data back.

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