Apple Users yet again Targeted with Phishing E-mail
October 31, 2013
taff Writer Evan Dashevsky at San Diego (USA) situated TechHive the staffing and technology consulting firm says that reports have come in from Apple users telling they got phishing e-mails bearing the subject line "Your Apple ID has been frozen temporarily," published softpedia.com dated October 23, 2013.
Addressing recipients as "Dear Customer," the fake e-mails inform that Apple has made its security policy's section 7 along with the company's privacy up-to-date so its website becomes simpler, more secure and easy to use. They then notify the recipient that he has attempted at accessing his A/C multiple times on various Web-based entities and has gone beyond the maximum number of times permitted for access. Consequently, his Apple A/C has been suspended, the messages state.
A sample e-mail landed inside Dashevsky's mailbox as he was installing Mavericks, Apple OS X's most recent important release, noted Dashevsky. But, given that the false notifications, in different versions, were being observed starting no later than August 2013, he thought the e-mail was possibly a coincidence.
Albeit initially, the e-mail looked genuine, however, it had many telltale signs which proved it a hoax.
For example, unlike the formal Apple e-mails normally dispatched to only customers' Apple ID related accounts, the current e-mails reportedly landed inside users' personal work e-mail A/Cs.
Moreover, a lot of grammatical and spelling mistakes appeared inside the e-mail text.
Huge alerts should become evident incase a so-called Apple e-mail used "Dear Customer" as salutation. For, the California situated technology major would normally address clients in their name; as a result, general greetings as in the starting of the current e-mails were an absolute indication of sinister act.
Still, incase one wasn't sure about the authenticity of the e-mail got, he could quickly check the domain from where it originated. He could also check the web-link URL, which the message might've directed the recipient to follow. It's reported that Indonesia and Thailand based domains already played a role within the current phishing e-mail campaign.