Here phishy, phishy …

November 4, 2004
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Phishing scams seem to be all the rage at the moment and it always pays to be wary.

The most common are the e-mails purporting to be from various banks, PayPal or eBay.

Usually they claim that because of upgrades you need to re-register your username and password and contain a link to the verification site.

Never click on a link from these e-mails, you’ll end up on a site that has absolutely nothing to do with your bank or auction site. If you enter your information it’s likely you’ve just given your friendly neighbourhood hacker access to your bank account.

One of the latest variations on this scam has used search engine behemoth Google redirects to steal Yahoo e-mail accounts.

Still on the subject of Google, a flaw in its Gmail e-mail system that gave net-cretins the chance to hijack the accounts of unsuspecting victims has been fixed. An attacker could steal a cookie file used to identify the user and sign on to Gmail as the victim without having to enter a password.

In more nasty news, beware the Bagle. W32.Beagle.AV@mm (also known as Win32.Bagle.AQ, W32/Bagle.BC, WORM_BAGLE, W32/Bagle.bb@mm and W32/Bagle-AU) is a mass-mailing worm that also spreads through file-sharing networks. Symantec rates it a 3 on its 1-to-5 nastiness scale.

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