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Phishing Scam Shadow Looms over Companies

The leading supplier of computerized transaction processing, Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP) declared on September 14, 2007 that it had detected phishing fraud aimed at ADP customers and other individuals.

The first strike was initiated on an intermediary "business contact" data system that ADP utilizes to store customer and other third party data, including details like names of companies, their business and e-mailing addresses.

The data stolen from the third party computer does not comprise any personal information like HR information, Social Security numbers, passwords, bank accounts, and other similar kind of confidential details.

ADP asserted that its own computers were not hacked. It had been found out that the lifted email contact details within this database is utilized to inform customers and other parties with a "from" address that was fake, intended to resemble a credible ADP email address. As per ADP, the spoofed messages, which started surfacing around September 12, 2007, contained malevolent attachments meant to affect information of the receivers.

ADP is contacting all the compromised email addressees, whose names were included in the database, notifying them to instantly delete the messages and attachments instead of opening them. Furthermore, all particulars regarding this event will be put up at ADP's official Website, www.adp.com.

ADP has various degrees of electronic, manual and procedural defenses to safeguard classified client data, declared ADP's President and CEO, Gary C. Butler, according to news reported by WELT ONLINE's September 14, 2007 edition. Butler added that ADP deeply values the safety of its customers' data and is sorry for any trouble caused to their customers and third parties. It seeks their continued support while working with the law to resolve this unfortunate episode. ADP, a major supplier of business process outsourcing, has a turnover of almost $8 Billion and boasts of around 584,995 customers globally.

That very day, the online securities firm TD Ameritrade Holding Corp reported an attack on a database of its 6.3 Million clients, followed by pilferage of their contact details. Spam advertisements have started deluging Ameritrade's clients owing to the pilferage of the particular database.

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