Phishing: Cutting the Identity Theft Line
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Written by Rachael Lininger and Russell Dean Vines.
Published by Wiley Publishing Inc., 2005.
|"Phishing" is an identity theft scam. An unsuspecting
victim receives an e-mail that seems to come from a bank or other financial
institution, and it contains a link to a web site where she or he is asked to
provide account details. The site looks legitimate, and 3 to 5 percent of
people who receive the e-mail go on to surrender their information to crooks.
One e-mail monitoring organization reported 2.3 billion phishing messages in
February 2004 alone.
If that werent enough, the crooks have expanded their operations to include malicious code that steals identity information without the computer users knowledge. Thousands of computers are compromised each day, and phishing code is increasingly becoming part of the standard exploits.
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