Phishing Scammers Target Macs

On Christmas Day, 2011, Apple product users were targeted by a major phishing attack. The Mac Security Blog reported, “A vast phishing attack has broken out, beginning on or around Christmas day, with emails being sent with the subject ‘Apple update your Billing Information.’ These well-crafted emails could fool many new Apple users, especially those who may have found an iPhone, iPod or iMac under their Christmas tree, and set up accounts with the iTunes Store or the Mac App Store for the first time. The messages claim to come from appleid@id.apple.com.”

As in most phishing emails, the template and body of the message mimicked Apple’s logo, design, colors, and font. When users clicked links within the email, they were directed to a spoofed website that also had the same Apple feel. Once users entered their personal information, they might be thanked for “updating” their account, or simply wind up…

Read the full article at mcafee.com



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