Monday, November 17, 2014

Phishing Samples November 2014

Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

I dumped some recent samples onto pastebin

You'll see plays on topics like
- target credit card breach
- Facebook
- linked in
- Medicare
- Job postings
- credit reports
- your bank
- UPS shipments
- FedEx shipments
- so many more....

Protecting yourself is simpler than you think. Here are some simple steps I recommend ...
- If you were not expecting the email be extra cautious
- even if you were expecting an email still check the basics below
- hover over the email or click reply and verify the sender is a legit address
- hover over or copy and paste links and verify they are legit
- better yet resist clicking on any link at all, instead manually type the URL you want and go to the site on your own terms
- don't open attachments, legit websites won't send them ... If you are waiting on something , manually go to the website , login, and check there

Also keep in mind the same topics are starting to apply to text messages too. Don't click on links.

What's the worst that could happen? Think ...
- virus on your PC
- virus on your phone
- identify theft
- stolen password
- stolen credit card
- bad bad things ...

Stay safe out there !

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