More Phishing Opportunities

by V-1 Solutions on March 1, 2012

in 2 Minute Tech

The more of an online presence you have, the greater risk you run in getting tricked (Phished) out of your log in information.

Refresher:
Phishing is the act of faking you out in order to gain information from you.  This usually occurs by sending you an email that looks official, and asks you for your log in credentials for an online account.

So, let’s take a look at the risk pool:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Online banking
  • E-filing your taxes
  • Forums
  • Deliveries
  • etc.

Take a look at this example of a Twitter phishing email:fake twitter email

So you receive this and think, “what the heck are they saying about me?”
Then you click this link.

It takes you here:

Twitter Phishing Website

At first glance it looks real, but notice that web address is TVVITTERI.com.

Two “V”‘s instead of a “W”.

Within 15 minutes your account will be hijacked and it will be sending out spam like this:

Twitter Spam Post

Next comes the embarrassing follow up:

Twitter spam followup post

The point to this is: be careful.  Never log into any of your accounts from any link emailed to you.

“Manually” go to your website and log in.

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