Phishing is an attempt to steal user's personal information such as username, password, credit card number etc. The main idea of such attack is that the attacker pretends to be a trusted web-site which asks the user to re-enter the personal information and in this way steels it.

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Don't understand how my mum's Gmail account was hacked

My mum (on Gmail, using Chrome) received an email from a friend's Hotmail address. She opened the email (very obviously a phishing email) and clicked a link in it. This opened a webpage with loads of ...
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Is Adblock (Plus) a security risk?

My email-provider's website (http://www.gmx.de) recently started linking to the (German) site http://www.browsersicherheit.info/ which basically claims that due to its capabilities to modify a site's ...
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Risks of giving developers admin rights to their own PCs

I need to convince my internal IT department to give my new team of developers admin rights to our own PCs. They seem to think this will create some security risk to the network. Can anyone explain ...
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Paypal sent an email addressing me with one of my old passwords as my name

I got this email from service@intl.paypal.com, with the title: Your account has been limited until we hear from you. I think this is a scam / spoof email because I don't see any notification in my ...
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Are there actions taken against websites that deliver malware?

There are serious tools and services such as Google Safe Browsing for malicious and phishing websites, and others fully dedicated to phishing websites such as Phishing.org. What is done against these ...
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I have registered a .com domain and received an e-mail from domainadmin.com

I have registered a .com domain and received an e-mail from domainadmin.com, it looks extremely like a phishing e-mail, but after a research I am ultimately confused whether this thing is legitimate ...
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What is this authentication method/approach called?

Background: I want to implement something like this in our websites, and I'm looking for advice and possibly APIs that allow this out of the box rather than re-inventing the wheel, but I can't even ...
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Security seals and the “perception of safety”?

I clearly understand that the security seals (verisign or norton secure etc.) shown on banking and other websites are generated using a script and available only after an ssl certificate is purchased ...
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Are address bars unphishable?

I've taken, out of curiosity, the Phishing Quiz by OpenDNS that tries to teach the general public about detecting phishing: Ever wonder how good you are at telling the difference between a ...
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A phone call hack

The other day, I got a call from a relative with an email problem. After a bit more discussion, it turns out that two days previously, a man phoned my relative: stated he was from microsoft; asked ...
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Effectiveness of Security Images

Do security images such as those presented upon logging into banks provide any tangible security benefits, or are they mostly theater? Per my understanding, if somebody is phishing your users, it's ...
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Can malware change the website visited by browser?

I heard in a security talk today (I didn't have the opportunity to ask questions): The speaker mentioned that he observed (2 years ago) that a possible malware on a given computer was behaving such ...
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“Phishing” red flags and countermeasures

Given the recent spate of intrusions into various networks which have included compromise of subscriber identity and contact information, I figured it would be good for us to have a thread on how to ...
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Apparently PayPal-affiliated site with very suspect security

History I got an email this afternoon to my gmail from "paypal@e.paypal.com" with mailed-by: na.e.paypal.com and signed-by: e.paypal.com. Gmail did not report it as spam/phishing/suspicious and it ...
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What are effective ways to prevent targeted phishing?

Phishing is a very serious problem that we face. Popular banks are often the biggest targets. What methods can a bank website use to protect its self from phishing attacks? What security systems ...
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Is SiteKey a valid defense against Phishing?

As described here, some banks use a SiteKey mechanism in an attempt to provide a defense against phishing. (This is a scheme where the user is shown a personalized image (each user has their own ...
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In what ways do some banks inadequately advise their customers on online security?

I'm looking for specific examples of things such as: Misleading, but common advice Advice which has backfired Advice which is just, quite simply, incorrect which have been circulated time and time ...
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Best practice for informing a website they've been compromised?

I've received a spam email that claims to be invoicing me for some service in New Jersey, USA with whom I've not had any dealings. The email includes a link to a zip file that is hosted on a greek ...
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Is there anything I can do about IDN homograph attacks?

I have been reading about IDN homograph attacks, and I cannot think of any better way than Tell my users not to trust emails asking for passwords, etc Buy all domains similar to mine (expensive and ...
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Reminder: Reset your password - phishing or genuine Facebook email?

An email claiming to be from facebook had the following content: Hi Andrew, You recently requested a new password for your Facebook account. It looks like we sent you an email with a link to ...
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Is a mobile app more secure for mobile use than the “normal” website?

An untrained end user who uses a mobile web browser is vulnerable to phishing and can't easily verify the the authenticity (or security) of a website among other issues. Also, it is very easy to ...
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If someone bought the .local TLD could that be a security risk?

Now that the ICANN is allowing custom Top Level Domain names and often corporate IT workers like to use .local as the TLD for internal networks, if someone does buy the .local TLD what are some ...
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Looking for URL Blacklists of Malicious Websites [closed]

Is there a maintained list of URLs that contain malicious content. These URLs may be involved in Phishing, Scams, Viri, or other Malware. Please indicate in your answer if the list is freely ...
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Is this phishing or the real PayPal?

This has all traits of phishing, apart from the extended validation SSL cert. Is this site run by the real PayPal?
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Is it possible for a phishing link to install a major virus on a Mac?

My girlfriend recently had her university MS Exchange account hacked. The attacker took over her email account and started using it to send thousands of spam emails. After a while, her email account ...
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Will reporting phishing emails cause problems for the victim?

On GMail, I've received a phishing email from someone I know, and the email has been sent to other people the victim knows. One of the emails is claiming to be from their GMail address, while the ...
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What can happen if someone gets a hold of a scan of someone else's passport?

Or: "Do I need to be concerned about emailing people scans of my passport if they want to verify my identity?" Is there anything anyone can do with the information on the main page of the passport ...
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Google Chrome & Spear-phishing

I've been trying to find some information on how Google Chrome detects phishing pages that are not already in their blacklists. The most relevant information that I've found from Google itself, ...
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Does iPhone home button act as Secure Attention Key?

On an iPhone, does pressing the home button act as a Secure Attention Sequence? The home button is a physical button. You can press the home button whereever you are and go back to the home screen. ...
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Checking “return” parameter in login page

My login page accepts the "return" parameter, which should contain URI to redirect user if he wasn't logged in and tried to access page which isn't accessible by unauthenticated users. It could be ...
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Is update@em.facebookmail.com legitimate?

I'm having a hard time figuring out whether this email a friend of mine got is legit or a scam. The weird thing is there's only one link to facebook.com, which is the one about facebook terms. All the ...
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Phishing virus found on server

I recently had a call from BELL concerning a virus on our Linux ( Debian ) Server. Apparently Google emailed our client about an Italian Database found on our server that was doing phishing. They ...
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Can someone steal cookie contents via a phishing attack?

If someone successfully set up a phishing website on a fake wireless network for say, bankofamerica.com, and lets pretend that SSL was not used, would they be able to run a script on the server that ...
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What are the advantages of multi-level authentication?

By multi-level authentication, I am referring to the fact that the user makes use of a primary username password keypair to log into his account. Then, to perform some other actions, such as authorize ...
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Is this a phishing attempt? if yes where to report?

I received strange email from co-worker, asking me to click the link. I did eventually follow the link, but thought putting in my gmail user/pass wasn't wise. What do you think? is this phishing ...
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phishing message in Outlook signature?

One of my organization's users just showed us an interesting problem: every message they tried to send (in OWA 365) contained the following scary text: Your mailbox has exceeded one or more size ...
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Is Yahoo SignIn Seal effective at phishing prevention? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Effectiveness of Security Images Information about the efficacy of Yahoo's SignIn Seal is scarce, the best I could find was this section on Wikipedia's entry on ...
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Best way to handle identity theft incident?

A user's email is hacked, contacts copied, and similar emails (look alike emails with minor spelling differences) are created by the attacker with the same name and avatar, sending relatively well ...
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How secure is JavaScript based OAuth 2.0

JavaScript based OAuth exposes the client ID of the application and it trusts only on the domain requesting the access token. The domain name can be forged with a DNS hijack (or a virus affecting ...
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I stupidly responded to an email from a hacker posing as a friend

I responded to an email from a hacker posing as a friend in distress. I have a really long secure password ... caps/special figures/numbers/over 14 characters long. My account name is my first, ...
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I accidentally installed an adware filled Firefox [solved]

I installed Firefox using a download site, rather than the correct site. After running and installing Firefox I noticed my Chrome had an addon called swift browser added to it by a third party. After ...
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A “new domain registration” spam?

About 6 days ago I purchased a new domain under .org TLD from a local registrar. Few days later, I have received this strange message (which BTW fell to Gmail spam bin), which looks like some kind of ...
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One Time Password via Text Message: Possible exploits?

Is there a credible scenario in which the OTP (One Time Password) for online credit card transactions ( specifically for Verified by Visa) can be bypassed? Context: A guy I know was cheated via the ...
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Phishing email from Avast - Headers look totally legit?

Below is the email with headers. I never registered on the site, so it's clearly phishing, but the links in the email point to the real Avast site. The delivery path also looks legit since both IP ...
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Is this Facebook email real or phishing?

I received this email from what is supposedly Facebook today. Here's a screenshot: I was not aware I had credits or credits existed on Facebook and apparently I have $2.30 worth. It looks legitimate ...
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How can users be sure the browser's URL bar is not faked?

For a user to defend against something like Don't understand how my mum's Gmail account was hacked , they should pay attention to URL bar before typing their credentials. But how can you make ...
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URL & address bar spoofing, only possible on rogue access point

Have been playing around with the whole DNS spoofing thing. How can a rogue/phishing URL be masked with a legitimate URL in the address bar (without using images)? I was under the impression that this ...
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How browser detects Phishing Pages?

I want to know how browsers detect phishing pages.And also what methodology browsers use to detect phishing pages?
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How to detect if a user is logged in to a specific website?

I just learn about tabnabbing. Tabnabbing is a computer exploit and phishing attack, which persuades users to submit their login details and passwords to popular websites by impersonating ...
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Google Chrome Apps phishing

What prevents an attacker from copying and pasting a Chrome packaged app (which is just a zipped web app) then distributing it on the Chrome webstore under a slightly different name?