joi, 2 mai 2013
Apple ID Phishing Scams on the Rise, Trend Micro Experts Find
Phishing scams that target the Apple IDs of users are not uncommon, but experts from security firm Trend Micro say they’ve identified a spike in the number of websites designed to trick users into handing over their information.
After analyzing the URLs of the Apple ID phishing pages, experts noticed that they were all hosted in a folder called “~flight.” A total of 110 websites have been found hosted on a single IP address registered to an ISP in the Houston area.
The phishing sites are well designed and they target not only US users, but also people from France and the UK.
In addition, some of the scams are designed to steal more than just Apple IDs. They request victims to enter even their billing address and credit card information.
Cybercriminals lure victims to these phishing sites with bogus Apple emails which inform recipients that their accounts will expire unless they provide some information.
Experts advise users always to make sure that the site they enter their information on is secure. The URL should start with “https” and the browser should display a padlock icon in the address bar.