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Nobel laureate Paul Krugman said he likely fell for a phishing scam. Here’s how phishing scams work and how to avoid them.

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  • New York Times columnist Paul Krugman tweeted Wednesday that he received a phone call indicating that hackers downloaded child pornography on his WiFi network.
  • Krugman later said he realized that the phone call, which he thought was coming from his “computer security service,” was likely a scam.
  • The incident appears to be a case of phishing, wherein scammers pose as an authority or service provider in order to trick people into disclosing personal information.
  • Cybersecurity experts say phishing is a rising threat, but that it’s largely preventable.
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Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist and columnist for the New York Times, took to Twitter Wednesday to share some alarming news.

“Well, I’m on the phone with my computer security service, and as I understand it someone compromised my IP address and is using it to download child pornography,” Krugman said in a since-deleted tweet.

The tweet drew baffled responses from Twitter users, many of whom pointed out that an IP address isn’t a device or system that can be compromised — it’s just a number that identifies a computer on a WiFi network.

Krugman later said that, after his colleagues at the Times looked into the issue, he realized the phone call was likely a scam. A spokesperson for the Times said in a statement to Business Insider that the paper’s security team determined Krugman had fallen victim to a scam.

The incident appears to be an example of a phishing scam, in which scammers pose as an authority or service provider (like a computer security service) to scare their victims into handing over personal information.

Here’s everything you need to know about phishing scams and how you can avoid them.

Article source: https://www.businessinsider.com/paul-krugman-hacked-qanon-how-to-avoid-phishing-scam-2020-1