[SATLUG] Interesting phishing email

Ernest De Leon edeleonjr at gmail.com
Wed Apr 16 17:01:24 CDT 2008

If you look closer at the URL (i.e. the path within apache), you would see
that even if you tried to go after the perpetrators, the web server was
actually hacked and whoever did it could probably not be tracked.  This is
why you must always set proper permissions on your sub-directories within
apache....this is actually a pretty common compromise....


On Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 2:06 PM, Bruce Dubbs <bruce.dubbs at gmail.com> wrote:

> I always view my email in text mode.  I received the following:
> ---------
> After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have
> determined that
> you are eligible to receive a tax refund of *$620.50*.
> Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 3-6 days in order to
> process it.
> A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons.
> For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.
> To access the form for your tax refund, please *click here
> <http://first.terast.co.jp/mrtg/htdocs/images/redirect.html>*
> *Note:* For security reasons, we will record your ip-address, the date and
> time.
> Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicated.
> Regards,
> Internal Revenue Service
> ----------------------
> Now I ask you, would the IRS use a system on Japan?
> I laughed when I saw this, but I thought I'd share.
> Actually, this type of thing is extremely easy to detect.  If we could
> just get some law enforcement to go after people who do this, the problem
> would be reduced a lot.
>  -- Bruce
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Ernest de Leon

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