Thursday, October 30, 2008

Phishing Alert : This is not from Network Solutions

Network Solutions has  been receiving reports that some customers are getting  spam/phishing emails that are fraudulent. There are reports that customers of other registrars are also receiving similar spam/phishing emails. The email may have  the subject line "Attention: domain will be expired soon." There is a link the email that says "'Renew your domain now and while it shows  http://www.networksolutions.com it actually goes to http://www.networksolutions.com.com42.asia>  now look closer , the link actually goes to the domain "com42.asia ". See image below. Gay Warner on his blog has posted some of the domain names that the spammers are using.

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Please take precautions, when you click on any link in an email.  Also please make sure you check the top address bar of your browser before entering any information. A genuine network solutions page should look like this in the browser https://www.networksolutions.com/manage-it/index.jsp, the important part of this URL is that after the https://www.networksolutions.com/ there should not be any additional .com in the URL. Note that the link in the screenshot above has two .coms in the URL. You can also scroll over the link with your mouse and see where the link leads to in the status bar at the bottom of your browser.

Here are some resources for learning more about Phishing :

http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yourself/phishing/identify.mspx

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt127.shtm

http://www.antiphishing.org/consumer_recs.html

http://www.businesswritinginfo.com/?p=302

http://www.us-cert.gov/reading_room/emailscams_0905.pdf

http://www.commoncraft.com/phishing

Posts explaining and cautioning people:

http://www.sophos.com/security/blog/2008/10/1901.html?_log_from=rss

http://garwarner.blogspot.com/2008/10/first-enom-phish-now- network-solutions.html

 

Note: I posted it on my personal blog also to help alert people on this issue. original post is on the Network Solutions Blog.

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