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Questions tagged [phishing]

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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Unknown automatically generated email in sent folder

I just noticed a strange email in my sent folder that I did not send. Here is the header information: To: 5f3d36eb61801dda4063@cloudmailin.net From: ********@gmail.com Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 06:54:17 ...
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Spam/Phishing detection when there is no MX record

While SPF/DKIM/DMARC are standard, foundational tools to help protect an email-sending domain from spoofing, what about domains that do not send emails? How do spam or phishing filters treat emails ...
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Is it a good security practice to force employees hide their employer to avoid being targeted?

A young tech company which operates on sensitive data has employees that fall victim to phishing/porting scams despite its best efforts to instill security fobs, vpn, password managers, non-sms 2FA, ...
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Why would a scammer not reply with the same email?

I was recently messaged over a website of an online marketplace regarding an advertisement of an item I was selling, whereupon the "buyer" asked me to contact them over an email they provided. After ...
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Whitelist Simulated phishing landing page

We are running a simulated phishing campaign and one of the landing pages has been blacklisted by google. If you try to visit it in chrome you get the big, red warning page "Deceptive site ahead" (...
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Phising test failed e-mail to my personal account, how does this scam work?

I've recently gotten a pair of "User Selkie has failed the phishing test" emails to my personal account. The email has no other information, no links or anything, and while I'm not going to respond to ...
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Does not using CAS when it's availible encourage phishing?

My (U.S., R1) academic institution uses CAS (Central Authentication Service) to authenticate almost all our web services. However, they don't use CAS for our GitHub Enterprise instance. Instead they ...
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How did a phishing email pass SPF, DKIM and DMARC?

A friend received a spoofed email (from Bank of America using an uber.com address) which was correctly identified as 'spam' by Gmail. However, looking at the raw message it seems to have passed SPF, ...
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Bogus Instagram account using my email, never been verified, has over 1000 followers

This appears to be a phishing scam like I've never encountered before. I received an email from security@mail.instagram.com to an email address I rarely use, but I noticed it because messages get ...
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What if the Google account login screen is spoofed [duplicate]

I am talking about the apps that allow using my google account for login. Nothing against Postman, just using its login screen for example - My concern is that an app could be spoofing this whole ...
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How to prevent fake OAuth consent screens?

I can't find an answer to this simple question about delegated authorisation: When using a mobile app, how can a user be sure that a consent screen (let's say Google or Facebook) is a real one? The ...
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When is phishing education going too far? [closed]

I currently work on the IT security team at my workplace in a senior role. Recently, I assisted management in designing the phishing / social engineering training campaigns, by which IT security will ...
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Is it ever safe to open a suspicious HTML file (e.g. email attachment)?

If I receive an email that has an attachment called something like safe-link.html would it ever be safe to open this file? Clearly, HTML files may have malicious scripts embedded that could run when ...
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OAuth: how to prevent phishing with malicious redirect URIs

To quote the OAuth spec: If the resource owner denies the access request or if the request fails for reasons other than a missing or invalid redirection URI, the authorization server informs the ...
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How could a scammer know the apps on my phone / iTunes account?

I received an email with the subject "Your invoice from Apple #xxxxx". It then continues by: "[...] your payment from "Pokemon Go was accepted [...]". That line made me sceptical. I just downloaded ...
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Opened a phising email on school email

Hello I opened this email sent to my school email and I realized it was a phising email. And now my OCD and anxiety are going haywire. Is it possible I got infected? I did not click on any links. I ...
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Why are my emails going to spam?

I have been trying to learn about phishing emails. I have read up quite a bit on it. I setup a domain somthing.tk (free domain), hosted a website on a VPS (Digital Ocean). Set up my own mail transfer ...
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What's the payload of this phishing campaign (which I clicked)?

I've been really dumb and clicked a phishing link. The link arrived via WhatsApp and consists of: A Nubank está fazendo aniversário e quem ganha o presente é você!. São 2.000 convites para um novo ...
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Why do phishing e-mails use faked e-mail addresses instead of the real one?

I read that you can write anything into the From: field of an e-mail. If that is true, then why are phishing e-mails trying to trick me with look-a-like addresses like service@amaz0n.com instead of ...
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What is the endgame of a site like this?

I came across the following ad: It's in Dutch, and the title seems to be a mix of autogenerated words to probably create as much of a clickbait title as possible. The ad goes to the following page: ...
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Possible Phishing Attempt?

I use an iPhone. Today I got a text from an unknown number starting from +65. The message was "your one-time Wifi password is xxxx and it’s valid for only 10 minutes". Thought it was a scam and ...
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Gmail (Dot) Phishing Attack From Avalanche Botnet

I'm a full-stack web developer working in a small startup and have been wearing many hats as a result. I am by no means a cyber or information security expert. I'm looking for a general evaluation of ...
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Triaging malicious URLs

I'm quite new to the security field and learning my ways on how to triage certain events. One such alert that I see is "Phishing" when a user clicks on a malicious link. As far as triaging to see if ...
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Why would a scammer ask for creation of a new email account?

I recently received the following email: Good day my dear friend, I am contacting you to help get the deposit (£8.5 million pounds), my late client Engineer Alexander left in his Bank before ...
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Block Outbound Connections by Country

We want to reduce the number of phishing sites that our users can get to. Would it be useful or more problematic to block outbound connections by geo IP? We already block many inbound connections by ...
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My website got blacklisted as “phishing”. Any hints on how to avoid that?

I have a personal website hosted using my provider's DNS name (i.e. myname.provider.com) on my personal hardware at home. The web server (both HTTP and HTTPS) is Apache on Debian Wheezy (which is ...
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Shared terminal security hole

I want to ask you about what I think is a pretty obvious security hole and what can be done about it. Suppose my library has a room containing network-connected workstations serving Linux. You log on ...
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An authentication protocol to prevent phishing & solve the problem of password reuse?

When writing about best practices for authentication, I find that today's best practices still leave gaping holes in security, specifically not solving the problem of password reuse by users - ...
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What would you do as first day of CSO or Head of CyberSecurity [closed]

I was asked this question at an interview today and was unable to give a structured answer since there is so many things a head of security can do. The additional info that I had were : - You can ...
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Strange phishing email

I received a strange phishing email the other day that seemed to use span tags to encode "hidden" values within the email's body: <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"&...
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Accidentally clicked a phishing link, am I at risk?

I clicked a link from a fake Twitch streamer and now I'm scared of being spied on. I typed my account details but didn't actually sent them because I realized it was a fake link right before clicking ...
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What does this phishing email achieve? [duplicate]

The email is formatted as an email from Google notifying me that I need to respond to an intrusion attempt on my account. There are no other links other than these href mailto links ("Oui Moi!" and "...
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How is this website redirect working?

Someone sent me a URL via WhatsApp (httpx://cadburys-prizes[.]com) that allegedly lets me claim a free box of chocolates. Obviously this is fake and I've seen similar websites before. If I view the ...
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Possible phishing victim. How to proceed? [closed]

I was trying to buy tickets for a show on an official web page. This will be the last show of this band so the server went down pretty quickly. The band tweeted about difficulties and then someone ...
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Can we infect our system by opening a email with outlook 2016?

I read that it is possible to get a virus just by opening a mail (not even clicking at any links on it or opening the attachments), because scripts can be attached to it. Is this also true for ...
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What's the use of DKIM/SPF if it only validates the Enveloppe From?

DKIM and SPF are mentioned as powerful mitigations for having your domain abused for phishing. But when I send a mail like this: Return-Path: <me@mydomain.example.com> From: Citibank security ...
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Check emails are genuine [closed]

unitedstatescustoms66@gmail.com tescoextrashippingcompany147@gmail.com I have received messages from the email letting me know about luggages and parcel being sent a soldier whom I have been talking ...
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Would Gmail server be able to protect me from phishing attacks if I'm using a stock email app on Android?

I have a Gmail account and I am using Samsung email app. Recently I have switched to the Gmail app because I thought using the Gmail app would be safer because that app would automatically filter ...
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How can a router or my ISP protect against phishing? [duplicate]

I see a few services advertising the ability to protect against phishing and ransomware attacks. ISPs sell services which supposedly protect you and some routers like Check Point 700/900 series. Is ...
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Does U2F prevent phishing of passwords?

U2F is touted as a new 2 factor authentication standard that has built in defense against phishing attacks. As I understand it, this works by registering the device with each service, thereby creating ...
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Send GET request from a PDF file

I'm currently working on a security Proof Of Concept where I need to show the danger of opening an unknown PDF file. Internet says that many malwares use Javascript in PDF document (AcroJS) to ...
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Why are there no browser feature or extension to only check the domain and username to prevent phishing?

One of the recommendations to prevent phishing using look-alike domain names (like www.google.com.phishing.org or IDN homograph attacks) is to use a password manager or a physical security token like ...
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Should I enter fake password to phishing site?

Hope I have chosen correct forum to ask this question. The other day it happened to me. I got e-mail from my admins requesting me to update my password. "Not again" I mouthed and clicked the link. ...
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SEToolkit Not Cloning Login Page

I am trying to clone a login page with SEToolkit in the latest version of Kali Linux. SEToolkit simply isn't working. I have tried running it with normal user privileges and sudo. I have placed in ...
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What are Outlook's safe links? [closed]

People using outlook.com as their mailbox may know this: If you receive an e-mail with a web link in it and copy the link with "right-click + copy link location" you will receive an outlook protection ...
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Outlook was redirected to the server clblgn.sceur.ch to get new settings

I (that is, we, our company) has clicked on "Allow" when Outlook has presented us with a redirect to autodiscover-s.outlook.com on our macs to get new settings. Today, we got a popup asking to connect ...
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How do I protect myself against SIM hijacking/social engineering?

There are several posts like these: https://medium.com/@N/how-i-lost-my-50-000-twitter-username-24eb09e026dd https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/5984zn/listen-to-sim-jacking-account-ransom-...
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Is this a phishing email?

I've just received the strangest email: I don't understand why anyone would send an email like this. It doesn't look to be asking for credentials of any kind. Is this a scam which is designed for ...
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Why hasn't the one-click attack taken over the world?

This is a follow-up question related to Is single-click phishing possible?. If such a convenient attack is possible, I assume everyone on the internet should already be hacked. Why hasn't that ...
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Is single-click phishing possible?

For Chrome, IE/Edge, Safari, Firefox, Opera released after 2018, is it possible for a phishing to succeed by just enticing a user to click a URL? Notice: The user only does a click on the URL, no ...