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PayPal phishing attack 'bypasses traditional anti-phishing tools'

2011, mar 21

The importance of email encryption and security has been underlined by reports of a high profile, ongoing phishing attack involving PayPal, Lloyds and Bank of America.

Users have been alerted to the threat by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-Cert), which is part of the US Department of Homeland Security.

Scammers are using an unsolicited email message containing a HTML that is capable of bypassing the traditional security mechanisms used by common anti-phishing browser filters.

US-Cert has encouraged web users to take extra email security precautions to avoid falling foul of these attack, which stores malicious webpages locally rather than directing users to a phishing site via a URL.

Users have been urged not to follow unsolicited web links or email message attachments, and use caution when submitting any personal information online.

Earlier this month, US-Cert warned US citizens to be wary of the increased risk of phishing scams during the US tax season and the upcoming tax deadline.


Exposing the sleazery of ebaY and PayPal


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