New Website attacks
Fraudulent Phisher Email Websites
September 9th 2005
Houston, TX: How many phishing emails did
you receive today? According to
Wikipedia (Link: www.wikipedia.com) “Phishing (also known as carding
and spoofing) is the act of attempting to fraudulently acquire sensitive
information, such as passwords and credit card details, by masquerading
as a trustworthy person or business.” If you receive phishing emails,
then you know how annoying they can be. Phishing emails are spam with a
nefarious intent, designed to trick the unwary into divulging personal
Phishers operate by making fake copies of name brand websites, like
Paypal, eBay or banking institutions, in effort to capture personal
information. They then send out millions of emails knowing that a few
unwary individuals will be taken in by the scam. Reporting the phishing
emails to the spoofed company may help but it’s not very satisfying.
The new site
PhishFighting.com now offers a simple and satisfying way to fight
back. By submitting the spoofed site URL to PhishFighting.com you can
fight back by automatically submitting realistic looking entries to the
Phisher’s spoofed website. A new entry is submitted to the Phisher’s
site every 20 seconds or so. By giving them false entries, the Phishers
(thieves) will have to sort through 100’s or 1000’s of fake entries to
determine which entries are fake and which are real. It may not solve
the problem but there is some real satisfaction in making the Phisher’s
Fighting back in simple, just plug the spoofed URL into PhishFighing.com
and the site does the rest. It generates the realistic looking entries
and automatically submits them to the spoof site.
You get to watch as each entry is submitted, making the Phisher’s
attempt to steal more difficult. The site will continually submit false
entries as long as it is left up in a browser window, or the Phisher
takes down his site. Join the fight against these thieves.
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By Robin Grimes
Robin is a Freelance Writer
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