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Phish flood
« on: February 22, 2010, 12:01:07 AM »
Phish flood

<p>There's a fairly substantial phishing run going on at the moment, aimed at capturing Blogger or Google account credentials. The messages have the subject line 'Your Blogger Account' and a brief message urging recipients to click a link to 'update' their account. Recipients who click the link will be prompted to enter their Blogger or Google credentials.</p>

<p>An interesting feature of the run is that the phishers seem to have mass-registered a block of domains in the '.kr', 'or.kr', '.co.kr' and '.ne,kr' spaces. The actual domains registered all begin with the letters 'esu', followed by a single character, and then the top-level or second-level extensions. The phishers then create subdomains of those domains that are designed to look superficially like Google domains. Some examples include:</p>

<li>www.google.com.esut.co.kr </li>

<p>These domains are hosted on what appear to be botnet hosts: a host lookup for any of the domains returns a list of 15 or 16 IP addresses, scattered all over the Internet.</p>

<p>It isn't clear why the phishers have chosen to generate names that follow such a predictable pattern, making filtering the abusive messages trivial. Moreover, most of the domains used are now flagged by Google as probable phishing sites.</p>



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