Lawsuit virus, trickier pfish mar Internet

Mar 09, 2006

E-mail users were warned Thursday about a smarter form of pfish and a virus that comes disguised as a threat of a lawsuit.

The security firm MicroWorld Technologies said the latest virus threat isn't hidden in a come-on for porn or get-rich-quick schemes, but instead as a message from a supposed collection agency threatening legal action on an unpaid debt that urges stunned recipients to click the fateful link for more information.

Pfish mongers on the Web have designed a new pfishing technique that is less likely to be reported as spam to the user's Internet service provider.

According to RSA Security, the new pfish uses a hidden redirect address that links to a live Web address that contains a "smart redirector."

When the potential victim clicks on the link, the redirector checks all related pfishing Web sites, identifies which sites are still live, and redirects the user to one of them.

"These pfishing e-mails look no different than any other," said RSA Senior Vice President Naftali Bennett. "All the action takes place behind the scenes, so as always users need to remain vigilant."

RSA said the tweaked pfish have thus far attacked one bank in Great Britain and another in Canada.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Greenland darkening to continue, predicts CCNY expert Marco Tedesco

Related Stories

Recommended for you

IBM earnings dip as sales fall again

5 hours ago

Technology heavyweight IBM reported Monday lower profits in the first quarter following another drop in revenues, this time partly due to the strong dollar.

Twitter expands privacy on direct messages

7 hours ago

Twitter said Monday it was making it easier to take direct messages private, carving out a bigger space for targeted exchanges on the popular microblogging service.

Innovation boosts Wi-Fi bandwidth tenfold

10 hours ago

Researchers at Oregon State University have invented a new technology that can increase the bandwidth of WiFi systems by 10 times, using LED lights to transmit information.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.