Hackers Launched Phishing Attack Against Customers of CRCable
Recently, Internet subscribers of CRCable at Campbell River, British Colombia (CA), are attacked by a phishing scam. Hackers are deceiving the customers into divulging their access codes of CRCable mail accounts. Subscribers who have revealed their codes can become victim of a big fraud.
Phishing is a technique in which hackers try to steal private details through fraudulent sites and mails but they appear legitimate.
Some of the customers have received an e-mail that looks as it has been sent by CRCable. It directs the users to participate in a latest security scheme of the organization. The mail also asks them to respond with their e-mail usernames and passwords. This is a tactic to ensure that they are the authentic owners of the accounts.
The e-mail further says that failing to comply with the instruction will deactivate their mail address from the database. Particularly, the mail asks for "webmail" login details.
Interestingly, CRCable authorities added that they sent a notice to users cautioning about this scam several months ago. The scam mails might have come from CRCable customers' systems which have been hijacked without their knowledge. Hackers use hijacked systems, "zombie", to send mails to target other systems.
The hackers' objective is to hack private details and invade CRCable customers' webmail accounts. They actually sign in to webmail and then spam through it.
Moreover, CRCable revealed that it was an attempt of frustrated online hackers who succeeded in stealing their subscribers' private details by sending forged e-mails through hacked accounts.
The company also informs that if any user gets a mail which asks for personal details from an organization, he should check the authenticity of the e-mail.
Security experts also claim that nowadays, phishing mails have become more frequent and advanced. Hackers continuously send fake e-mails to banks, financial organizations, and other organizations. As per the latest report from anti-spam firm MessageLabs, just one week after the New Year, financial spam increased by 3 times over the same time last year (2008).
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