New Home and the Phish Phrenzy

Aug 20 2010 Published by jayras under Posts

So here we are at the new place.

I’ve chosen a more…spartan….theme.

Just enough formatting to not think I’m just using Notepad, but nothing too distracting.  Please, let me know what you think.

I’m not updating the Phish pages with the new entries.  I’m still looking into that.

On to the subject at hand:

This week has been quite active when it comes to Phishes, I got about double what I got last week.

That vast majority of them were still Beta phishes (12 of them) but there seems to be a resurgence of the “account changes”  kind.

Also, the 2 new ones we reported last week have been active this week.

Here’s the counts:

  • Suspicious activity: 2
  • Beta: 12
  • Account Invasion getting worse: 3
  • Official BS: 1
  • Number of illegal transactions: 2
  • Account Modification: 6

I guess the idea of pasting in paragraphs from several different official e-mails to make a “valid” new phish is catching on.  Biggest problem the phishers have to date is they can’t seem to paste in ENTIRE paragraphs.

I’ve gotten quite a few e-mails that start off mid sentence…like:

The account is a centralized account system that will let you manage all of the Blizzard Entertainment games you play, including World of Warcraft and future games, in one place without having to remember multiple sets of login information.

Ya, that may look like it makes sense, but then it launches into:

We highly recommend that you take this opportunity to verify your account information.

And then:

Blizzard only collects personal information on a voluntary basis.The personal information you provide Blizzard will allow us to fulfill your product or service order; alert you of new products or services, features, or enhancements

So ya, now you are so twisted around trying to figure out the context of these three paragraphs that you end up with no idea what the e-mail is about….

Which is maybe thier goal.  Put together enough “verbiage” in one place that it stupefies the user into thinking its legitimate.

What’s that old saying?  Oh ya:  If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.

Well my dear phishers, this is bullshit of the most stinkiest kind…but I’m not baffled…are you?


I got this GREAT e-mail this morning…

This phisher has pretty much just given up, no attempt at all to try to sound official or anything, just one very small, barbless hook:

Your account has been closed. To prevent your account stolen.
Please verify your account information.
Verification will be lifted after the close! Continue to play!

No greeting, no signature, not official wording or fluff.

Just right to the point…”We locked you out! So click here!!”

Of course, his English could be better…but there ya go.

So, let me know what you think of the new theme.  For now this post will be duplicated on the old site to maintain continuity.  But probably starting next week I’ll wipe the old site and put up a static message just linking here.

As for the Phish Library.  I’m still looking into that.  I’ve had a few friends drive me towards using WordPress exclusively and pointed me in the direction of a few plugins, but that didn’t pan out.

I’m not saying I’m giving up totally on WordPress, if someone shows me how to get this done I’d jump on it in a heartbeat.

Basically here is the challenge:

The Phish Library page is this

I have to manually maintain this, and there’s no real easy way of sorting it…let alone automating it.

Then, take for example, the Beta Phish page

Everytime I get a new phish, I edit the Phish page and add the header and link to the bottom.  If I get a variant of the phish I add it here too…which I’m begining to think is a mistake.

I would rather have these as “sub pages” on the Phish, which in itself will be a sub page of a category, which in itself will be the sub page of the Phish Library page.

I can do most of that with Word Press now.  Problem is automating that main page with the proper counts, last update date, earliest update date.

If anyone knows how to get around this one hurdle….well, then I got everything nailed.

As for me, I’m looking into a more automated solution in handling these e-mails in general, using my C# Knowledge and MVC

We’ll see how it works out.

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