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March 18, 2005

The Old Switcheroo

The phisher gangs aren't doing a good job of keeping their wannabe phishing partners informed.

A lot of phishing messages urge action before some date in the future or (I'm so scared) my account will be suspended. The dummies forget to replace the default date with a future date, making the message sound really stupid.

There must have been so much of that going around that one phish kit supplier changed the spiel to let an old date work by saying that suspicious activity was noted on some past date. But what if this template gets into the hands of a phisher who normally puts the date forward? This is what you get:

Fortune-telling phisher

This message arrived on March 18, 2005. Is it that the phishers don't read the garbage they send out, or is it that they can't read it? That so many of the links go to hacked South Korean servers leads me to believe the latter.

Posted on March 18, 2005 at 08:00 PM