SMS Phishing Attempts Are Riding the Presidential Election Wave

SMS-based outreach has become a standard in the political playbook, with candidates and their supporters soliciting financial support, opinions, and votes through texting with increasing frequency and sophistication. In the course of protecting enterprise endpoints, Symantec, a division of Broadcom, has turned up evidence of an increasingly prevalent scam tactic in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election: SMS phishing attempts using bait with campaign, voting, and political themes.

Symantec Endpoint Protection Mobile (SEP Mobile) shields users from SMS phishing attempts by checking URLs found in text messages against the threat intelligence in Symantec WebPulse, part of the Symantec Global Intelligence Network (GIN), and alerting users when the links are suspect.

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Source: Symantec