A cyberattack that is carried out over text messages. Smishing is a variant of phishing, where cybercriminals send out fake texts to convince their victim that it’s from someone they know or trust. Usually, the goal is to steal money or get the person to install malware on their device for further attacks. Smishing could be a message pretending to be from your bank or a government agency asking you to provide personal data. It could also announce you won a contest or the lottery and give you a malicious link to claim it. Fake messages could even come from a person in your contacts list whose phone was infected by malware.
Smishing attempts can be recognized by someone: