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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Why we should not allow our pages to be loaded through Iframe by unknown hosts?

One of OWASP recomendations is to set the header X-Frame-Options to allow our pages to be loaded in Iframes only by sameorigin. One reason is because of phishing attacks, ok I understand. But if I ...
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SMS not received and read by somebody else (no SIM swap)?

A friend of mine was phished for his credit card details and driving license. Very foolish, I know. The criminals then bought bitcoin. The fact is his card is VbV. He claims not to have received any ...
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Fido2 -security and pros and cons [closed]

While 'see fido2 is relatively new to other authentication schemes addressing phishing and mim what are some a) potential vulnerabilities/threats (even theoretical threat models) b) pros and cons of ...
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I received an phishing email from myself [duplicate]

So today when I was checking my spam folder on my outlook account, I noticed I had received an email from my own address. The email looks like a typical scam: Claims to have installed a RAT on my ...
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Known methods/techniques for thwarting credential phising attacks

Is the solution to preventing credential phising attacks is really only 'educating' people about it? For the sake of this question, let us assume that I have a web application that takes a username ...
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How Concerning Is This X-CU-modified: FAKECU Text Attack?

A user clicked on the link of this email and entered their credentials, thinking the message was legitimate. However, the link didn't redirect to the fake site, and instead their mail client sent them ...
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Is there a way to download the Firefox Phishing and Malware Protection list?

I'm building an app that needs to check bad websites and was wondering if there is a way to download the Firefox bad site list directly outside of the browser? The list is described in the Mozilla.org ...
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How can I as middleman verify whether a phishing site is valid if the scam listens only on the referrer link and blocks any other access methods?

How can I as a trusted user of a middleman company (such as PhishTank) verify whether a phishing site is valid if the scam listens only on a unique referrer link(randomly created) and is blocking any ...
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Incident response to a medium scale phishing attack whereas the targets are not from our company?

Our company suffered a phishing attack yesterday. While investigating about the attacker and the potential employees of ours who might have been phished, we ended up with the attacker database of ...
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How can I download and read a file that might be spear fishing? [duplicate]

My colleague has forwarded me an email and asked "Can you please check for me if it is genuine?" I'm just a programmer, so I have no idea. The email is from a website called PDFfiller, which seems ...
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Why would a stranger offer to write content for a nonexistent blog?

I get emails like this all the time: Hello dear, I’m a long time reader. I’m writing to you because I’d love to contribute a guest post on your website. I’ve been brainstorming some topics that I ...
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Email phishing, understand mail header

I try to understand phishing email received from an attacker: Received: .... Received: .... Received-SPF: Pass (sender SPF authorized) identity=mailfrom; client-ip=74.208.4.XX; helo=mout.gmx.com; ...
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How to tell if an email source is spoofed?

I've received an email to my gmail account from FCMB, a bank in Nigeria (flashing warning lights already). It's not addressed to me (i.e., the email starts off "Dear Daniel," [not my name]). But the ...
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Would it be possible for me to become infected just by opening a Facebook message?

I received one of those obvious fake "is this you?" and some fake Youtube link on Facebook Messenger. I don't know what it redirected to as I didn't click it (I only hovered over it to see if it was a ...
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Can phishing site URL shorten into numbers?

A suspected hacker was trying to get the user to input those numbers (2412958) in their address book. And user knows that the numbers are weird. Can URLs be shortened in texts like that?
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Redacting URLs as an email-phishing preventative?

In a large organization (e.g., a city staff), relying on human behavior to prevent phishing attacks isn't nearly effective enough. While it would be somewhat inconvenient (security usually is), I'm ...
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Received Google calendar invite but no organizer?

Whenever my wife and I invite each-other to an event which we create we always see the organizer above the guest but this spam invite does not have one. How is this possible? Can I achieve this?
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Why is it not possible for browsers to completely detect the Phishing pages?

The browsers have some capability to detect the phishing pages, but they are not able to detect all. Why is that? Phishing still remains to be one of the most convenient way to hacking. Why is it not ...
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How does someone know i clicked a link in an email? URL spoofing? JSON?

How do hackers/scammers know that I clicked a link? Why is my personal info in the url redirect link? Is this info then being stored in a database and the hacker/scammer knows that because this ...
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Mindlessly clicked days old phishing email link appeared dead

Was multitasking and mindlessly clicked Squarespace phishing email. Page didn't load, and right away I realized my mistake. Completed several malware scans which came back clean. The button link ...
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Phishing emails and securing set up from compromise?

I'm a one-man company and I'm getting a lot of phishing emails very similar to the emails from companies I use. Some of these companies and the emails we exchange are very unique. How would these ...
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Suspicious GitHub mirror site (https://hzb.world/)

Through some odd Google rabbit hole, I ended up at what appeared to be the GitHub website. I reflexively tried logging in to view my repositories. Upon attempting to log in, it said my browser did ...
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SMS spoofing detection [duplicate]

Our company uses SMS delivery providers like Nexmo etc. We have noticed some of our recipients have received phishing sms messages from fraudsters where the number/sender name was spoofed to match our ...
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Mystery link containing fragment identifier in malicious email

The following link was received in a suspected phishing attack email. Unfortunately, the recipient clicked on the link in their outlook client: <tr> <td class="m_-[string-of-19-numbers]...
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How do i ensure that links are from OneDrive / Google Drive?

I am currently working on a messaging system that integrates GoogleDrive and OneDrive links as attachments. I am using the Google and OneDrive filepickers to obtain the links to be attached, which are ...
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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 ...