CyberGuard Security Expert Warns of Sophisticated New Holiday Phishing Scam

Wednesday 1 December 2004 21:17 CET | News

Its not only traffic around the malls thats on the rise this holiday season, but Internet traffic from scammers is also on the increase according to a security expert from CyberGuard Corporation.

Between 80 and 100 new phishing Web sites are starting up daily. Scammers are getting much more sophisticated and they are harder for a user to detect. People should beware of e-mails offering holiday deals that seem too good to be true, people should take care buying holiday gifts online this year because scammers are using fake e-commerce sites. When people search on the Internet for items they want to buy and click on a link, they are directed to a legitimate looking Web page and instructed to Click here to download images of what they want to buy. What they can end up downloading is a self-extracting zip file that installs a Trojan on their PC. Trojans can then redirect links to legitimate financial institutions to fraudulent Web sites allowing the scammer to harvest the users credentials.

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