It’s funny how not to long ago, when someone heard the word ‘fishing’ they assumed you meant that you were going to a lake, stream, river, ocean, or pond and using a fishing pole and tackle to catch a fish. It’s shocking, I know. But nowadays the word ‘fishing’ or ‘phishing’ doesn’t always mean that anymore. It still has the same concept I suppose, but you’re not ‘phishing’ for the same thing anymore. Now you’re trying to ‘catch’ someone’s information rather than a fish. Anyways … now to the article!
On August 24, 2012 there were phishing attacks going around that targeted Blackberry users. It tried to fool them into opening an email on their windows machine and then it would launch malware that would take over the user’s computer. The attacker created an email that looked like it came from the Blackberry Company saying that “they have successfully created a Blackberry ID” and “to enjoy they full benefits of the Blackberry ID, please follow the instructions on the attached file.” Then if the user fell for it and open the attached file which is loaded with malware, then the user’s computer would be taken over. The Websense security lab said that the Blackberry related Campaign noticed this on Thursday but 17 out of the 36 vendors still have not done anything to fix it. Websense also said that they are seeing similar emails coming from hotels.
The article did not say how many people fell for this phishing attack or how much information was stolen if the user did open the attached file.