ESET dissects the anatomy of a phishing attack

By Matthew
Apr 6, 2011
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  1. Late last week, hackers gained access to millions of names and email addresses by breaching the security of a marketing giant called Epsilon. If that name doesn't ring a bell (it didn't for us), the company apparently provides an email marketing service to major financial institutions and retailers -- or as Randy Abrams of ESET so eloquently puts it: "Epsilon is the email machine these companies use to generate massive amounts of something that most people call spam."

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  2. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    Got an email from BB the other day admitting that Epsilon had been hacked. Great,
  3. The national college board's website and mail list had the same breech of security. Most likely not to cause much bank stealing, but it said only email addresses and public info were released.

    Still, anyone who got an email should straighten out their security info ASAP.
  4. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    My mom got a call last week asking for updated credit card information for an online account. I took the phone and I told the guy I'd be an ***** to give him a credit card number, asked for his phone number, which I'll verify, and then I'll call back. The guy refused. So I told him that now he really sounds like a scammer, a legitimate business would not have a problem with this. I asked for his supervisor. He finally gave me the phone number, which I did look up and verified as accurate.

    Then I just had my mom update the account online, as her credit card did indeed expire, but I'm really surprised at businesses still have people calling asking for credit card numbers.

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