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Phishers target eBay again

by Nikola Strahija on January 4th, 2006 A highly targeted phishing attack was recently discovered by security researchers. The spam messages are directed at eBay sellers.

The sellers are served with forged auction inquires from what appears to be eBay's 'Question from eBay Member' message portal.

The junk mail messages tries to fool account holders into following a 'Respond Now' link button in the email which directs users to a fake eBay login screen. Once the seller has entered their login information, phishers hijack the seller's account and steal their identity.

This particular attack is worrying the internet security world because of its sophistication, and is named spear phishing. Spear phishing refers to highly targeted and co-ordinated attacks at a specific organisation or individual designed to extract critical data. The term is generally used to apply to assaults that target employees in a specific company in an attempt to gain passwords and usernames to access confidential data rather than consumer attacks but whichever way you look at it targeted phishing attacks are on the rise.

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