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SB081 Checks instant messages for signs of deception

Criminals will often use instant messaging (e.g. Whatsapp, Facebook and Slack) as an attack vector. Unexpected messages should always be checked for malicious characteristics. Malicious characteristics included links and requests to call back unknown phone numbers.

Why is it important?

Signs of deception can indicate an email or IM is malicious. Email and IM can contain malware or take people to fake or malicious websites.

Checking an email or IM for suspicious characteristics means harmful actions can be avoided.

Priority Tier

Behaviours in SebDB are ranked by their impact on risk. Tier 1 behaviours have the biggest impact, Tier 4 behaviours the least.

Tier 1

Risk Mitigated

Malware Infection

Malware Infection

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Account Compromise

Account compromise happens when unauthorised people access them.

Data Theft

Data Theft

Data theft is the intentional stealing of data.

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