The threat of scam text messages may now seem distant, even quaint. With all the new, exotic and sophisticated attacks that have arisen in the past decade, surely text message attacks are low on the list. But, they can still be a big problem.
Short message service (SMS) scams are social engineering attacks that work like email phishing attacks. Called ‘smishing’ (a portmanteau of SMS and phishing), the attacks aim to trick the victim into providing information or access that benefits the attacker.