A phishing attack is an online method used by scam artists and hackers to to steal personal information and money. Typical phishing attacks are found in two forms:
- An e-mail masquerading as a message from a trusted source such as a bank or service provider.
- A website masquerading as a trusted source such as a bank or service provider which prompts you to input key personal information such as login details or credit card numbers.
To prevent your web hosting service being used to facilitate a phishing attack is to ensure you keep it up to date to reduce the potential for it to be hacked. When a website script (such as a common CMS) is hacked, phishing attack sites can be injected allowing your service to unwittingly facilitate phishing attacks.
Keeping your website up to date can help prevent this occurring.