toggle

AAPL Stock: 98.52 ( -0.5 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Email phishing campaign uses $200 Apple Store gift card as lure

updated 10:35 am EDT, Fri August 9, 2013

Opening link downloads Java-based malware

A new email-based phishing campaign is using a fake $200 Apple Store gift card as bait, says security firm Webroot. The message prompts people to click a download link or open an attachment; doing either will actually install Java-based malware, which is then used to steal personal data from a computer. The data could be used for crimes like identity theft.

Although the email copies fonts and graphics used in official messages from Apple, there are some telltale signs that the content is wrong. The company never randomly awards gift cards, and most of its cards are in far smaller amounts. Apple also never hides gift codes in separate links or attachments, or uses terms like "client" to refer to customers.




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. caveman664

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 02-17-12

    Also the sloppy English is pretty telltale. I don't think that Apple ever uses the word "got."

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

MacNN Sponsor

Recent Reviews

JBL Synchros E40BT headphones

For all the different configurations of headphones on the market, it's always a tough choice for buyers to get something that is just ...

Razer Taipan mouse

The list of gaming devices is growing larger with each passing day. A large number of companies have entered the gaming input arena, a ...

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS

Every computer with a microphone or headphone port has one -- a digital to analog converter (DAC). There are nearly as many chipsets a ...

toggle

Most Commented