Phishing Pages and Emails
If you have ever received an email claiming to be Ebay, PayPal, some Bank or Credit
Union stating that you need to log on to your account immediately because of suspicious
account activity, then you have seen a phishing email. Phishing emails lead to phishing
The term phishing is a spoof off of the word fishing, but what they are fishing
for is "information".
Phishing pages will look like a real page from Ebay, PayPal, your Bank, Credit Union
etc. Below is an example of a PayPal phishing page that is a fake.
Notice the ip address in the address bar. 184.108.40.206 is used rather than a name
such as "paypal.com".
When we trace the ip address (www.whois.net),
we find that this server is sitting in India, not the United States, and is not
the real Pay Pal web site though it looks real.
Phishing scams typically operate counterfeit websites that lure consumers into revealing
their personal and financial data, including social security numbers, bank and credit
card account information, and details of online accounts and passwords.
In a 2004 report, Gartner estimated that 57 million people had received online Phishing
attacks, costing banks and credit-card issuers over $1.2 billion in 2003 alone.
In addition, phishers are beginning to target employees within organizations, attempting
to gather valuable network identification and passwords that can result in the loss
of confidential information or lead to security breaches.
If you have given out your information to a website such as the one above, contact
your customer service department to report the matter. If you have given out bank
account numbers and/or passwords, contact your bank. If you have given out passwords
to Ebay or PayPal then go to their web site and change your password immediately.
You can read more about phishing pages by doing a search on Google for "phishing".
Posted are a few good links about phishing pages.
Feel free to contact the computer department for more information on this topic.