[SATLUG] OT: Phishing via SMS

Jeremy Mann jeremymann at gmail.com
Wed Jun 4 16:18:30 CDT 2008

>> I got an SMS this morning on my work phone that appears to be a phishing
>> attack.  It came from "customer at aloha.local" with the following message:
>> (ALERT) You need to renew your Vonage Services, please visit us at
>> www.vonagerenew.com
>> The web site appears to be a valid Vonage login page, but none of the links
>> work.  Not sure if it will actually log you into Vonage (pass-through) if
>> you put in valid credentials, but I'm not about to risk compromising my
>> account to test that theory :)  The domain is registered through a proxy
>> registrar in CA, so it could owned by anyone.  It is hosted at an AT&T data
>> center in NY.
>> Any other Vonage customers get something like tihs, or is this just a
>> random
>> event?  The phone I received it on is not tied my Vonage account in any
>> way,
>> but it's possible whoever had the number before me did use it as a contact
>> number somewhere.

Henry, does your phone company charge per message? I'd be especially
irrate if they SMS or texted mine because Verizon charges me $0.20 per
incoming/outgoing message.

Jeremy Mann
jeremy at biochem.uthscsa.edu

University of Texas Health Science Center
Bioinformatics Core Facility
Phone: (210) 567-2672

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