PayPal Phishers Use Government for Scam


An antispam researcher has uncovered a phishing scam that uses computers belonging to both a medical transcription outsourcing company and the government of Malaysia.

The scam was discovered by Bill Carton, an engineer based in San Diego who has spent the past 10 years as a volunteer antispam activist, shutting down bulk e-mailers in his spare time. Carton received an e-mail Friday morning that purported to be from eBay’s PayPal service.

It read like a standard phishing pitch: "It has come to our attention that your account information needs to be updated," the e-mail said. "If you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and update your personal records, you will not run into any future problems with the online service." PayPal Phishers Use Government for Scam - Security Feed - Blog - CSO Magazine

Linked by shanmuga Tuesday, 21st November 2006 12:36AM