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Phishing ...and Social Engineering

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- http://www.infoworld.com/article/04/05/18/...kyrocket_1.html

May 18, 2004

"...The growing problem also points to increasing interest in the scams by malicious hacking groups and organized crime, Maier said. "We've had confirmation from law enforcement in the U.S. that organized crime is behind some of these scams. We also do work looking at hacker sites, and we can see that hackers and script kiddies are definitely paying attention to this phenomenon and are beginning to work together," he said..."

 

(The Anti-Phishing Working Group reports over 1,100 unique phishing campaigns for April 2004, an increase of 178% over the number of attacks in March. From February to March, phishing attacks increased by only 43%, particularly targeting financial services and retail. Citibank was targeted by 475 unique phishing attacks in April, with eBay at 221 and PayPal at 135. APWG has evidence suggesting that phishing webpages are traded between phishers in much the same way as spammers trade e-mail addresses. Criminal organizations are using phishing scams as well. Research from Gartner suggests that as many as 3% of phishing attacks are successful, affecting 1.78 million adult users.) :(

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this is only the beginning of it there getting better at it and its not just script kiddies doing it.

and its probably i higher figure for those that get nailed as some might not report it. or a small amount of money might not be noticed.

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E-Mail Scammer Gets Four Years

- http://www.securityfocus.com/printable/news/8711

May 19 2004

"An Internet scammer who used e-mail and a fraudulent Web site to steal hundreds of credit card numbers was sentenced to almost four years in jail Tuesday, one of the stiffest-ever penalties handed down for online fraud. Houston, Texas federal court Judge Vanessa Gilmore sentenced Houston resident Zachary Hill to 46 months in jail for his role in duping consumers into turning over 473 credit card numbers...Hill, 20, used a "phishing" scheme to make his e-mail look like it came from America Online, the nation's largest Internet service provider, or PayPal, the online payment subsidiary of auction giant eBay. The message told victims that their accounts had lapsed and that the companies required their credit card numbers and passwords to restart them. Hill prompted recipients to enter their information into Web forms designed to look like pages run by the companies, the Justice Department said. Hill then used the credit card numbers to buy $47,000 in goods and services..."

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