Posted by: David Harley | March 14, 2013

Phishing: carrots, sticks, and Phacebook

A new post for ESET looks at a phish message I received recently, apparently from the Internet banking service Smile, though it’s just one example of phishes that have targeted a number of banks. It’s slightly different from most phishing emails. More often than not, they tend to threaten to block your access to your account if you don’t log in (to their fake site, of course) immediately,  thus giving the scammers access to your account. This one, however, provides a financial incentive. Much more detail (and a larger version of the cartoon) in Phishbait: not so much a Smile as a rictus.

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Meanwhile, Facecrooks tell us that ‘ phishing scams are very popular on Facebook’. Well, I don’t think they’re popular with the victims, but I know what they mean: phishing for Facebook credentials is all too common. If you do happen to lose control of your  Facebook account, the Facecrooks article Four Things You Need To Do If Your Facebook Account Gets Hacked is likely to be helpful.

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

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