Phishing for You

Bluegill

No. I didn’t misspell the title. I regularly fish for bluegills because they taste good, they’re easy to clean, and they’re easy to catch. They’re so easy to catch, that a two year old with a Scooby-Doo fishing pole and some worms can catch fifty a day.

Often, Black Hat criminals will go Phishing for you. Why? From a criminals perspective, most Home Computer users are easy to catch. When I fish for bluegills I use worms for bait. When criminals go phishing they use your Trust for bait. Home Computer users are too trusting and consequently, easily caught.

On of the most famous computer worms was the MyDoom virus. The phishing scheme disguises itself as an e-mail message with subject lines including “Error,” “Mail Delivery System,” “Test” or “Mail Transaction Failed”. The virus contains an attachment that if executed by you, will copy itself to all users in your e-mail address book and install hidden software on your home computer.

Message Labs reported that in early January 2004, between 50,000 – 60,000 computers per hour were being infected. At its peak, about 1 in 12 e-mails on the Internet were infected with MyDoom. How’s that for a phishing expedition?

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