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Sunday, May 08, 2005
 
WARNING

There's this email going around purporting to be from paypal. The subject line I got was as follows:

"Update and Verify Your PayPal account***"

This email will have a link to some site that will upload a trojan into your computer. The site you are redirected to looks authentic, as does the email, except that the address of the site is in numeric IP address format rather than a URL address. In my case, the one I got was this:

http://210.204.184.69/.paypal/login.html

Don't be a fucking cockhead and paste that in your address bar, for chrissake. What you will see at that site will be a paypal login page. I think it's safe to say that if you key in your user ID and password, undesirable consequences will follow, ok?

This is what the email message says:

"Security Center Advisory!

We recently noticed one or more attempts to log in to your PayPal account from a foreign IP address and we have reasons to belive that your account was hijacked by a third party without your authorization. If you recently accessed your account while traveling, the unusual log in attempts may have been initiated by you.

If you are the rightful holder of the account you must click the link below and then complete all steps from the following page as we try to verify your identity.

Click here to verify your account




If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choise but to temporaly suspend your account.

Thank you for using PayPal! The PayPal Team"

As you can see, there are actually quite a few misspelt words, but who really looks closely at such emails? Anyway, you have been warned. Credit goes to McAfee for alerting me to the presence of the trojan.
 
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