Phishers have a variety of tricks up their sleeves to complete the illusion of representing your local bank or other web business or just a friendly person on a web site.
By making you trust in them, the phisher can gain unauthorized access to your emails, banking account, your mastercard or any other account demanding identification. Phishing scam is nothing new. Scammers have used telephone for years stealing identities and passwords by claiming to be a representatives from a trusted company.
With the email, however, came the fantastic possibilities of mass spam to the annoyance of everyone. Phishing scammers could now reach millions with a mouse click, making easy money based on statistics and quantity of spammed emails.
The internet industry is starting to take the threat very seriously seeing the exploding trend of attacks and the tendency for the phish hits to afflict the big industries. Some have even gone so far as to say phishing will be the end of spam! For now, both the spam and phishing enterprises are blooming.
Spoofing tricks, general
Spoof types, etc; originally meaning “look a like” often parodies of famous films, persons and so on. In internet security spoofing means masquerading reality, or setting up a false environment around the potential fraud victim in order to gain access to sensible information like bank accounts and so on.
Floating window Java script
Used on browsers to hide the real URL by placing a fake browser window on top of it. You may see the https:// un your URL leading you to believe you are using a secure connection, when you in reality are not!
Have you ever thought about being someone else? Imagine someone else robbing your identity! You may find yourself in a lot of trouble if the other you brings havoc upon the world!
Browser safety holes
Internet Explorer has been exploited many times when phishers take advantage of safety holes. Fake URL’s can easily be constructed if you don’t have the Microsoft security update MS04-004. Many still haven’t made the download.