A-Z Glossary of Information Security and Social Engineering Terms

Email Hijacking

Email Hijacking

Occurs when a bad actor takes control of a user’s email address via unauthorised means such as credential harvesting. Once they have control, they can prey on the user’s contacts list to propagate phishing emails and malicious download links. Email hijacking can be an extremely potent attack vector, as using a legitimate email address when purporting to be a colleague, supplier or family member carries a high degree of credibility.

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