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Weblog:   Linux Users: Welcome to the World of Malware
Subject:   Linux and Phishing
Date:   2004-10-28 02:28:31
From:   dscotson
Why would Linux (or Mac etc.) users be immune to Phishing emails asking for bank details or account passwords? It just doesn't make sense.


Linux users also get bombarded with virus emails and have their email addresses stolen from other peoples outlook address books and faked so we get bounces telling us we have a virus. We don't actually get viruses but still, when your network is clogged with thousands of such virus emails you still can't work on the internet in peace.


Not to mention the time spent cleaning up family members' machines.


Don't think that just by moving to a sane platform you can totally escape having your day ruined by Microsoft's mistakes every once in a while.

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  • Linux and Phishing
    2004-10-29 16:37:13  riplin [View]

    > Why would Linux (or Mac etc.) users be immune to Phishing emails

    They aren't immune to the EMails, but Windows has a flaw in that the real URL in a link may be hidden so that it appears to be going to one site but in fact goes to another.

    Browsers on Linux don't hide this fake link and so the user is less likely to believe that it is a real request.

    For example using Outlook and IE a phishing EMail may appear to go to:

    http://www.mybank.com

    when in fact the link is:

    http://www.mybank.com!@www.stealme.ru/phoney

    and it goes to stealme.ru while showing mybank.com as the address in IE. The '!' indicates where a special character exists which stops IE and OE showing the actual address.

    Linux shows the whole URL and makes it obvious that the link is fake.

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