A recent instance of phishing has been noted in which the link from a fake e-mail leads Apple users to a phishing page identical to the legitimate Apple website. The page asks the users to fill in their Apple username and password. It is notable here that providing the credentials can give the phishers access to the user information stored on 'App Store' may include: credit card information, residential address, contact numbers, etc. Having been probed by the Trend Micro team, the bogus page was found to be hosted by a free hosting site. The e-mail came from ‘firstname.lastname@example.org via smtp.com’.
A phishing e-mail has embedded links that lead you to spurious websites that appear legitimate and ask you to fill in your personal information. The most common purpose of a phishing attack is to steal sensitive personal information from the user. Credit card details, confidential data, etc. once revealed, can lead to very serious consequences. The best way to counter such threats is to stay informed on latest security updates and be aware of related developments. If you came across any such mail and fell for it, immediately change your account password. Make sure that you avoid such links and cross check the content and authenticity of the sender’s address more than once.
Cyber security threats are rampant these days. Hackers are devising new ways to breach into online user accounts and PC data for identity theft and spoofing. The newer security regulations and updated antivirus software do their best to protect your computer from spyware and malware. However,phishing is a clever new way to trap the user into a disguised security risk, before malware and other threats start to crawl in.
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