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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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Automated browser-level countermeasures to look-alike login pages

For example, say an unsuspecting visitor gets a link security.stackexchange.com/.... Then it re-opens the login page, with or without an explanation as to why they have to log in again. (this is more ...
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Some questions about penetration testing distribution Backtrack 5

I know just the basics of backtrack and I want to ask some questions about it: Can you attack an ftp server using backtrack? an email server? I have a Centos virtual private server and backtrack is ...
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How Browsers prevents Malware and Phishing attacks

I want to know how phishing and malware protection features are implemented in modern browsers like Chrome, Firefox, IE etc. Are these features heuristic based, or do browsers maintain a list of ...
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Crawling for Phishing Websites

OBJECTIVE: We have a requirement to run active scan for detecting and monitor phishing websites for a particular brand. We want to be as real-time as possible. That would mean that using sites like ...
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Yahoo Email Keeps Getting Phished

I keep getting spam emails from myself (and I am sending them to others as well) on my Yahoo Mail account. I have already went through two password changes which I thought were secure. My very last ...
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Spam that comes from names in my address book, but not their email addresses

I've recently received two spam messages that show a possibly worrying degree of knowledge about my contacts, and I'm wondering how concerned I should be. Specifically, the names -- but not the email ...
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Report an email address being used by a phisher

A close friend fell for a phishing scam earlier today. His account's all squared up now, but I decided to do a bit of investigation. The website he fell for was a very poor imitation of a Remax site ...
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Why is a link posted to Facebook going through all redirects and showing info for final page only?

Today I read a post on a Facebook-group about a "problem" with links posted to Facebook. Appearently when you post a link at Facebook, the sites goes through the redirect(s) that may be on the site ...
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when you are phished, what do they get?

Lets say I was foolish enough to press on a YouTube video on Facebook that ended up being what I suspect is a phishing link. What can they potentially get? I had three tabs open: (1) my phpMyAdmin ...
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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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Is asking for credentials from a separate trusted domain an acceptable practice?

I know of at least two pages that I would have just assumed were a phishing scheme if I didn't know any better. Serverfault.com is a stack exchange site on a different domain, however if you click to ...
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Is my PC safe? need help

About 6 days ago my parents who aren't great with PCs got phished on gmail, and the account started spreading spam. It had been hacked on an Argentinian IP, and then logged in from IMAP and SMTP from ...
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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 ...