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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Join Anti-Phishing Work Group

Phishing is one of the popular crime I discussed in some previous posts. TO fight phishing you need to know various methods that can lead to phishing. Phishing can be done via Social Engineering or via technical subterfuge.

Social-engineering schemes use 'spoofed' e-mails to lead consumers to counterfeit websites designed to trick recipients into divulging financial data such as credit card numbers, account usernames, passwords and social security numbers. Hijacking brand names of banks, e-retailers and credit card companies, phishers often convince recipients to respond.

Technical subterfuge schemes plant crimeware onto PCs to steal credentials directly, often using Trojan keylogger spyware. Pharming crimeware misdirects users to fraudulent sites or proxy servers, typically through DNS hijacking or poisoning.

A new kind of phishing scam has been discovered where phisher uses voice recordings to pilfer money from PayPal accounts. This is one of the latest social engineering attack where identity thieves have lured users into dialing a phone number and giving up credit card information. Phishing e-mails are sent to the peopple which do not ask for personal information but urges the recipient to call a phone number and verify account details.These phone numbers are em

Work Around

- Join Anti-Phishing Group

To fight such notorious crime we need to be part of anti-phishing process. The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) is the global pan-industrial and law enforcement association focused on eliminating the fraud and identity theft that result from phishing, pharming and email spoofing of all types. You can report phishing emails, pharming sites and crimeware to the Anti-Phishing Working Group and help stop this insidious threat to e-commerce. Some of the features of the group are:

1: Avaialbility of Phishing and Crimeware map.

Phishing and Crimeware map displays the most recent data collected by Websense Security Labs (WS Labs) and provides a historical look into where Phishing and Crimeware related websites are hosted on the Internet. Upon discovery, each site is looked up via its IP Address to track the country of origin through the appropriate IP registrars and plotted on the map

2: Report Phishing Crime

Anti-phishing work group is in process of building a repository of phishing scam emails and websites to help people identify and avoid being scammed in the future.


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