Jul 202004
 
Authors: J.J. Babb

While fly-fishing may be a popular sport, a new type of

“phishing” is becoming more and more popular on the Web.

According to www.antiphishing.org, the Web site of the

Anti-Phishing Work Group, “phishing attacks use ‘spoofed’ e-mails

and fraudulent Web sites designed to fool recipients into divulging

personal financial data such as credit card numbers, account

usernames and passwords, Social Security numbers, etc. By hijacking

the trusted brands of well-known banks, online retailers and credit

card companies, phishers are able to convince up to 5 percent of

recipients to respond to them.”

In the past month, accounts on the CSU lamar server have been

receiving e-mails claiming to be from U.S. Bank and Citibank

requesting personal information.

According to Sgt. Keith Turnery of the CSU Police Department,

the e-mails provided a false link and suggested to the reader his

or her personal account had been tapped into. When viewers entered

this page they were asked to enter personal account information.

With this information, anyone can log in and use an individual’s

account information.

“If you get any kind of e-mail that asks for any type of

sensitive information, it’s probably fraud,” Turney said. “Just

delete those e-mails.”

The APWG membership includes 400 members, more than 250

companies, eight of the top 10 national banks, four of the top five

U.S. Internet service providers, more than 100 technology vendors,

and law enforcement from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and

the United States.

According to Turney, because phishing has become a big issue,

banks do not send out mass e-mails requesting information.

Kevin Nolan, an IT specialist for Academic Computing and

Networking Services, believes phishing is becoming more and more

popular globally.

He suggests deleting any e-mails asking for personal information

right away and contacting the service when the e-mail appears to be

legitimate.

“People are social engineering in a way to get people to give

their information,” Nolan said.

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