SAN FRANCISCO–No one is immune from cyberthreats, not even the head of the FBI.
FBI Director Robert Mueller was banned by his wife from doing online banking after he nearly fell for a phishing scam, he said on Wednesday during a talk at the Commonwealth Club of California.
He received an e-mail purporting to be from his bank that looked “perfectly legitimate” and which prompted him to verify some information. He started to follow the instructions but then realized that that “might not be such a good idea,” he said.
“Just a few clicks away from falling into a classic Internet phishing scam,” Mueller “barely caught himself in time” and admitted he “definitely should have known better.”
He said he changed his passwords and tried to pass the incident off to his wife as a “teachable moment,” but she was having none of it and told him, “It is our money. No more Internet banking for you!”
Good to know these people are out there trying to catch the perps whose traps they fall for.
Although, getting caught up in some sort of tragedy or scam is what often rallies people to fight fervently to prevent it happening to someone else.
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