Move over phishing scams, beware of pharming! (something to worry about)

Subject: Move over phishing scams, beware of pharming!
CNET Community Hot Topics Newsletter March 15, 2005
Dear CNET members,
By now, hopefully everyone is aware of phishing scams-- cleverly designed e-mail and Web sites used to gain access to your financial logins and passwords. We've pretty much reached the level of sniffing those out from a mile away. But this fairly new heinous tactic, called pharming, is absolutely frightening. For example, you type in in to your Internet browser. The address bar displays as you would and you proceed to log on to access your bank account information. No sweat, eh? Well, little did you know that behind the scenes,'s DNS (domain name servers) just got hijacked -- displaying the completely legitimate URL address that you are accustomed to, but directing you to a spoofed site that looks and feels just like your financial institution, so you have absolutely no idea you willingly gave up your personal account info to the hijackers. Is this scary or what? Are you concerned? Are there any preventative measures out there that we can take, or are we just out of luck on this one? Find out more about this all-too-important topic in senior editor Robert Vamosi's article, "Alarm over pharming attacks: identity theft made even easier." And if you have concerns to share or preventative tips to offer, or if you've even been scammed before by this tactic, share your experience with us so that we can all learn how to tackle this issue together. Be safe and be aware out there!

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Lee Koo
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This week's hot topic: Pharming attacks

In response to the latest Security Watch column, several of you submitted great suggestions on how steer clear from pharming schemes.

Security Watch: Alarm over pharming attacks: