Fake Graham Cluley tries to steal Sophos staff data

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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I woke up this morning, checked my email, and found out that I had an impersonator.

This was a very different situation from a couple of weeks ago when Greg Day of McAfee “stole” my identity. I opened my email today to discover that overnight some clown has been ringing up Sophos staff in our Singapore, Hong Kong and Phillippines offices claiming to be me.

Apparently the caller (who has a Hong Kong accent) says that he is in Hong Kong on the way to Japan. He goes on to claim that his laptop is causing problems and so can a helpful person at Sophos please send various pieces of personal information about our employees to him. A classic piece of social engineering.

Kudos to the guys and girls in our Asian offices for keeping their wits about them, and realising that not only am I not in their neck of the woods at the moment, but also that the guy sounded nothing like me!

But this bizarre story…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.