Phishers becoming stupid?

Aug 05 2010 Published by jayras under Posts

Looking at the batch of Phishes I got over the past week I swear these guys are becoming stupid.

Or just plain lazy.

Look at this new Phish I got:  Controversial Currency Transaction

Everything about it, from the lousy subject, the typical “engrish” to the pasting in of irrelevant garbage just screams Laziness!

Or else, they have no clue what they are doing…

Which is actually good news for the likes of you and me…the stupider they get, the easier it is to identify.

I even got a Phish that had the title of “Blizzard Entertainment Cataclysm beta” but it was a Password Change phish.

….lazy….

The number of Phishes are starting to increase, mainly on the Beta front, but I also got 3 Aion Phishes, which is triple what I’ve ever received!

Here’s the count:

14 Beta Phishes

2 “Illegal Transaction” Phishes.

3 Aion Phishes

2 “Hacker IP” Phishes

1 LOTR Phish

2 Password Phishes (Beta)

2 Account Selling Phishes

For a total of 25.  Been busy…

One of the e-mails I got linked to the domain “bate.blizzcon-logincheck.com”

Which I got a chuckle out of…get it?  BATE….Phish…HAR HAR HAR

On another note….there’s a new tool I found in the fight against Phishes (Well, new to me at least…)

This is a Firefox plugin called “Interclue” which I got for decoding shortened URL’s before I click on them.

I was pleasantly surprised that, without fail, it recognized the links in these e-mails and popped up a warning saying these are reporting Phishing links.

I *LOVE* it!!

You can get it here:

http://interclue.com/

and I recommend it highly.

Oh…one more thing…

As you may have been aware of (and if you aren’t you live under a rock…) Starcraft II was released.

There is an apparent targeted Phishing attack directed at receiving keys or registering keys.  I haven’t seen any of them yet, but here is a post with more information about it:

http://www.lazygamer.co.za/general-news/psa-starcraft-ii-accounts-being-phished/

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I now understand…

Jun 04 2010 Published by jayras under Posts

I ran across this Picture < http://failblog.org/2010/06/01/epic-fail-photos-purchase-fail/ >

And I’m still in shock.

But, then again, it’s now dawned on me how these Phishes can work.  I now understand that there are people out there in this world that will fall for ANYTHING.

If a couple can be duped into…

paying $500 for a paper copy of a real license plate…

and stick it on their car with band aids…

from a house…

with an old couch on the porch…

and think that’s perfectly valid and legal…

then I can believe that there are people this world that think this < Phish: The problem of account invasion is getting worse and worse >

Is a valid e-mail…

from the actual company…

talking about a real product…

that can be delivered by e-mail…

and the links should be completely trusted.

Its baffling and a little sad  but I now get it.

Hopefully my view on things, and my humorous slant on these e-mail will help educate more people.

If I can just stop one person on clicking the link, then maybe I can regain some hope.

Yesterday I only managed to get one Phish e-mail, and it was the old Account Change phish, but a new variant has shown up.

This time I was told my Authenticator was reset.

Confusingly enough, if I did this on purpose I’m told to disregard the e-mail, but then I’m told that resetting your authenticator will prevent you from being able to login to my account.

Come on guys…which one is it?  Do I disregard or do I have to do something?

…oh ya…its not Blizzard, so nevermind.

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