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World’s worst phishing attempt?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday February 9, 2010 )

I have a love/hate relationship with spam and phishing emails. It’s usually the latter but sometimes an attempt by a phisher is so pathetic, it makes me laugh. Like this one I received today. (more…)


What is spear phishing?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday December 27, 2008 )

While the term has been around since at least 2006, I hadn’t heard it before and I guess that others haven’t either. So what is “spear phishing”? (more…)


Beware Adwords Phishing Scams

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday April 14, 2008 )

Phishers, those who attempt to defraud others by posing as a provider or supplier in order to gain credit card details or access to services, have started leveraging the popularity of Google Adwords for their nefarious activities. (more…)


Curious phishing ploy

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday May 31, 2007 )

A question for the DNS boffins out there :). I received a phishing email posing as an eBay notification an hour or so ago. Nothing unusual there. The URL in the source code looked something like this 0x3a669dfd/etc/etc… (more…)


IRS phishing scam

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday December 4, 2006 )

It’s appeared again – I just received my first email notification for the season from the “IRS” stating I had a tax refund coming. I’m an Australian living in Australia and have never filed a tax return in the USA :).

Yes, it’s tax return phishing scam time again. (more…)


Phishing emails double

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday November 10, 2006 )

Approximately 109 million U.S. adults have received phishing e-mails, up from 57 million U.S. adults in 2004 according to a Gartner survey. (more…)


Phishing scams getting sneakier

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday October 20, 2006 )

I’ve gotten to the stage that just about any email that claims to be from PayPal gets deleted before it’s opened; but I am interested in monitoring how PayPal and similar phishing scams are evolving. (more…)


Smishing – phishing via SMS

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday September 5, 2006 )

Yet another “ishing” to add to the phishing family. Supposedly smishing first started happening a couple of months ago, in South Australia of all places – I guess the phishers figured out we’re fairly simple folk (ducks West End beer bottles thrown from all directions).

How does Smishing work? (more…)


End of phishing emails in sight?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Monday July 24, 2006 )

New research from the Carnegie Mellon University is pointing to a more effective solution for filtering out the vast majority of phishing emails possibly being available soon. (more…)


Vishing – VOIP phishing scams

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday July 11, 2006 )

I guess nothing is sacred or untouchable to the bottom feeders of the web. It was only a matter of time before VOIP (Voice Over IP) was exploited by phishers. Welcome to the newest trick in the fraudster bag – “vishing”. (more…)