Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Shared hosting services now get spoofed in dangerous phishing attacks at webmasters

Recently, I’ve noticed phishing emails that appear to simulate the recipient’s web hosting service, warning of “security updates” and lockouts.  This seems more insidious that the obvious imitations of AOL, because most shared hosting providers are not as well known as everyday trademarked brand names, but criminals are still trying to mine them.

Once the criminal has the webmsaster’s logon credentials, he could send illegal content from the domain, very dangerous legally indeed for the website owner.  In April 2002, I had experienced a hack on an older Unix setting of one of my sites when the "Site command" was left open by the service provider. 

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