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Phishing emails

Date: January 29, 2007

Interesting email from our m8 Korrupt on Gulli over in Germany. He tells p2pnet about phishing activities on Rupert Murdoch's MySpace, which is touted as a 'We're all friends together' kind of site and which has consequently pulled millions of punters, including hoards of young kids. That's why it's so popular with online sexual predators.

But it's always been primarily an advertising and marketing vehicle and now MySpace has also become popular with hard-core crooks engaged in phishing, a criminal activity whose practitioners, "acquire sensitive information, such as passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy person or business in an electronic communication," as the Wikipedia sums it up.

"We've seen myspace phishing attempts before and all the email scams before relied on sending the user to a myspace-layouted login site where he was asked to login," says Randolf Jorberg on Gulli, going on that a new scam is threatening the MySpace community and, "this time the bad guys upgraded to web2.0 and took phishing, spamming and viral marketing techniques to create a new dangerous mashup".
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