FBI Director Robert Mueller, while speaking at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Wednesday, gave an example of why everyone should be wary of cybercrime. He related the story of the head of one of America's domestic agencies.
This person, Mueller said, received an email, purportedly from his bank, which looked "perfectly legitimate." It asked him to verify some information, and he began to do so, until he realized that it "might not be such a good idea."
"It turned out that he was just a few clicks away from falling into a classic Internet phishing scam, phishing spelled with a 'ph,' and this is someone who spends a good deal of his life warning others about the perils of cybercrime. And yet he barely caught himself in time and he definitely should have known better, and I can say this with some degree of certainty because that person was me."
Mueller tried to pass this off to his wife as a "teachable moment," but she deftly replied, "It is not my teachable moment; however, it is our money. No more Internet banking for you!"
Watch the video. In reality, this is a reminder of how easy it is for anyone to fall for a phishing scam.