Fraudsters are targeting webmasters in a massive phishing campaign that attempts to trick marks into giving up credentials needed to administer their sites. The emails are sent to customers of some of the world's most widely used webhosts, including GoDaddy, Hostgator, Yahoo!, and 50Webs. Although the subject lines vary, they …
Of course webbies are likely to have never heard of phishing emails and will be much more likely to click on links with lines such as 'update your details now', 'buy cheep viagra', or 'hot russian ladies waiting for you'
Old news to me
As the IT manager for a web dev company, I get emails like this all the time. And they all get referred to the authorities for action. Since many of our clients have commercial sites which process credit card purchases, I am very aware of the unrelenting and varied attempts by these scumbags to get into our sites to milk the credit card details.
Thus I have in place a very strict security policy which, among other things, includes all IT staff never clicking on any link in any email - on pain of immediate termination. Nor is any related information ever to be given out over the phone, no matter who the caller claims to be (and we've had some good ones!). Nor is anyone other than staff permitted into the development area, not even staff family members. No slash card - no entry. And USB sticks are forbidden in there as well.
Access to our host is done only through designated machines (which are not used for any other purpose than transferring data to and from our websites) via SSL and the URL, usernames and passwords must be manually typed every time. We also clear and restore each site from a local read-only backup at the end of each day in case any of our server-side scripts are hacked (by whatever means known or unknown).
Any webmaster worth his degree will have similar policies and procedures in place, ESPECIALLY if you are running credit-card processing sites. Not doing so is courting disaster, because these scamming bastards WILL find you, and the smaller web dev companies are their favourite targets.
I see the dodgy emails are written in trademark 'Phishing Message English'.
How is it that in all these years, the muppets who run these scams haven't realised that they'd fool a lot more people if they understood some fundamentals of grammar?
Dear user of the hostgator.com? Yep, that sounds real...
Yeah, just like the 419ers who always sign off with something like "like you, our faith in Jesus our saviour" etc. !!
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