A fake login page, also known as a phishing page, is a type of cyberattack that attempts to trick users into providing their login credentials for a particular service, such as an email account, social media platform, or even an online banking account. The fake login page is designed to look identical to the legitimate login page of the targeted service, but it is hosted on a different website or domain.
A fake login page typically begins with a phishing email or social media message that includes a link to the fake login page. When the user clicks on the link, they are taken to the fake login page and prompted to enter their login credentials. The fake login page then captures the user's username and password, which can be used by the attacker to gain access to the user's account or steal sensitive information.
Fake login pages are effective because they rely on social engineering tactics to deceive users into thinking that they are providing their login credentials to a legitimate website. The attackers often use persuasive language and time-sensitive calls to action to create a sense of urgency and compel users to enter their login information without thinking twice.
As a result to the widespread success of account takeover using fake login pages, organizations have implemented Multi-factor Authentication (MFA), significantly reducing the success rate of these attacks. In response, attackers have been combining fake login pages with MFA interception tactics to bypass security for MFA) protected accounts. This attack involves developing an additional layer to the fake login page experience with a follow-up MFA request prompt, then receiving the one-time passcode generated by the user who has entered their login credentials on the fake login page. The attacker can then use the intercepted passcode to gain access to the user's account, even if the account is protected by MFA.
This tactic is especially dangerous because MFA is widely regarded as a strong security measure, and many users and organizations rely on it as an additional layer of protection. To avoid falling victim to this type of attack, users and organizations should be vigilant and take additional precautions, such as using a physical security key or other MFA method that is less susceptible to interception.
To avoid falling victim to a fake login page attack, users should take the following precautions:
Organizations should take a proactive approach to prevent fake login page attacks by implementing security measures such as:
IRONSCALES is an AI-powered email security platform that can help detect and protect against fake login pages used in phishing attacks targeting organizations. The platform's advanced computer vision technology can identify and block phishing emails that contain links to fake login pages before they even reach employee inboxes.
The platform's mailbox-level protection provides unique AI analysis that not only completely scans emails instantly on-delivery, but also continuously scans emails months after delivery. This helps protect against time-delayed attacks that weaponize previously 'safe' links for even more evasive attacks. If a previously benign link is found to be malicious or linked to a fake login page at a later time, the platform can automatically block access to the link, protecting employees from falling victim to the attack.
In addition, IRONSCALES can integrate with an organization's cloud email environment and existing security stack to provide a layered defense against phishing attacks. By leveraging the platform's advanced email security capabilities, organizations can reduce their risk of falling victim to fake login page attacks and other types of phishing threats, protecting their valuable data and reputation.
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