May 23, 2014

eBay hacking: online gangs are after you

The auction site’s huge security breach offers criminals the chance to make a fortune. Should internet companies do more to protect us?

The most dangerous are “spear phishing” attacks, which are highly personalised emails designed to trick even savvy computer users. Chris Boyd, analyst at Malwarebytes, explains: “Say, on Twitter, I see you complaining about some poor service with a particular bank, and I can see you are a customer with them. I then take the information from this eBay attack and I can then construct a wonderfully crafted email purporting to come from your bank. Before you know it, you have handed over your account details.”

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