Phishers are getting better

Wednesday September 28, 2005 @ 09:30 AM (UTC)

I got a particularly well-executed phishing e-mail last night. It looked just like a Paypal e-mail, said all the right things, had no spelling errors, and even had links which showed the proper URLs until you moused over them and discovered something skuzzy in Hungary. I sent it on to Paypal, pondering how they choose their targets (I had just used eBay and PayPal for the first time in months a few hours before), and admiring the craftsmanship.

Because besides avoiding the usual pitfalls of spelling errors and blatancy, they had executed a master stroke. In their phishing e-mail they had included a stern warning about phishing e-mails. Marvelous.


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