Beware of Phishing…

Here’s how it works, for those of you who aren’t up to date with the latest in cheating and technology.

You receive an e-mail from a seemingly legitimate source, say your credit card company. The e-mail usually starts with a paragraph saying something like “There has been a lot of reported identity theft with us.” Followed by a request such as “To make you safe, you need to follow this link and fill out this form.” There is also usually included a threat that goes like “If you don’t, your account will be deactivated.”

Well, I got one of these e-mails the other day and thought I would share it with you all. Here is the actual text of the e-mail. Notice that it is an image and not text. Most the time these are sent as an image imbedded in an HTML e-mail.

Now if you look at the source code of this e-mail, you’ll notice something peculiar. This is the html of the e-mail I received.

You’ll notice that there is a lot of text at the end of the HTML that is coded to be the same color as the background of the e-mail. The main function of this coding is to make sure that anti-spam filters don’t delete this e-mail. The way said filters work is by scanning multiple e-mails from the same source and seeing if they are identical. If they are, they all get deleted. This HTML makes it so that all of the e-mails are different. It’s just randomly generated text.

Anyway, once you click on the image containing the link, you are taken to a page that looks like a legit page where you are asked to enter personal information that will give someone the chance to steal your identity. If you follow the actual link on this page, you are taken to a 404 error. Click here for an example.

Now these things wouldn’t exist if they were not lucrative. Something like 60% of people who get one of these e-mails will actually do what it says for fear of not being able to use their account or of having their identity stolen. Kind of ironic huh?

I just wanted to share that with you all because I’m sure you all will one day encounter a phisher. And when you do, I’m sure you’ll remember hearing about it here.

Later dudes.

The End-of-the-Blog Rundown

Song of the DayThe Man Who Sold The World – David Bowie, the real version.

Quote of the Day – “It’s Scary Down There.” – IU SCUBA Club shirt on some chick on the bus today. Imagine the double meaning there 😉

Hero of the Day – The above mentioned chick for making me and Will laugh the whole ride to campus.

Current Mood – Tired

Until the next post…

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