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August 02, 2006

Phishing By Dummies

If there were a book titled "Phishing By (Not For) Dummies," a message I received today would deserve a mention.

It was a usual PayPal phishing message, except for the Subject: line:

IMPORTANT: Alert about your AOL billing information on file

The phishing site was hosted on a hacked Web site hosted in Germany. That's usually pretty good because German ISPs don't have much of a sense of humor when it comes to this kind of activity. In addition to alerting the address in the whois record, I fortunately know just enough German to wade through the ISP's site to submit the proper report. I knew that studying all those Märklin sites and magazines would pay off.

Posted on August 02, 2006 at 04:57 PM