Safeguarding Against Pharming Cyber Attacks: Tips for Enhanced Security

In recent times, we have witnessed a surge in malware attacks, ranging from ransomware to DDoS assaults, crippling networks with overwhelming web traffic. While these attacks are well-known, there is a new digital threat on the horizon called the ‘Pharming Attack’ that poses serious risks to both mobile and computer users. With the exponential growth of smartphone usage, this form of attack could easily surpass traditional computer-based attacks. Let’s delve into what pharming attacks are and explore effective ways to safeguard against them.

Understanding Pharming Attacks:

Pharming attacks involve diversion tactics employed by hackers to manipulate victims into accessing fraudulent websites designed to collect sensitive information. Armed with the obtained credentials, cybercriminals can siphon funds from unsuspecting victims’ bank accounts. The modus operandi is often straightforward: lure users with fake discounts offered by reputable companies, then redirect them to deceptive links that solicit bank details like debit/credit card numbers, CVV numbers, or OTPs. Due to the seemingly genuine appearance of these websites, people often fall prey to such phishing attempts via emails and messages, unknowingly revealing their sensitive information.

The Far-Reaching Consequences:

The information harvested through pharming attacks can be used by other cybercriminals, such as those posing as bank or tax department representatives, intensifying the victim’s predicament. These additional scams can lead to significant financial losses and potential identity theft.

Pharming Defacement:

Pharming defacement is another alarming aspect of these attacks. In such cases, hackers manipulate website content, often defacing it for a limited period, and then swiftly take it down, leaving victims unaware of the intrusion.

Safeguarding Against Pharming Cyber Attacks:

a.) Exercise Cyber Hygiene: Refrain from responding to emails sent by unknown senders and avoid clicking on links received via SMS, emails, or messaging platforms like WhatsApp.

b.) Pay Attention to Warning Signs: Be vigilant for spelling or grammar mistakes in messages, as attackers behind such messages are often less educated and may hastily create malicious webpages.

c.) Verify HTTPS: Always ensure that the websites you visit use secure HTTPS connections. If a webpage diverts you to HTTP instead of HTTPS, close it immediately.

d.) Apply Common Sense: Be skeptical of offers that seem too good to be true, especially ones with ‘Zero’ motive, as reputable companies rarely provide products at heavily discounted rates without a valid reason.

e.) Do Your Research: Before entering sensitive information on a website claiming to offer discounts, verify its authenticity by checking for news articles or online ads about the promotion.

f.) Download from Trusted Sources: Refrain from downloading applications from untrusted resources on both mobile devices and computers.


Pharming attacks represent a significant threat to digital security, capitalizing on the rise of smartphone usage and deceptive diversion tactics. By staying informed and implementing cybersecurity best practices, we can safeguard ourselves against such attacks and protect our sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands. Remember, vigilance and common sense are key in the fight against cybercrime.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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