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
“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
He suggests deleting any e-mails asking for personal information
right away and contacting the service when the e-mail appears to be
“People are social engineering in a way to get people to give
their information,” Nolan said.