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Media Alert: New Phishing Technique Identified by RSA Security

  • 10 March, 2006 16:00

<p>The RSA Cyota Anti-Fraud Command Center (AFCC) has issued a warning about a new phishing technique known as a Smart Redirection Attack. This newly-identified type of attack is designed to ensure potential phishing victims always link to a live website. So far there have been two separate attacks detected on two different banks – one based in the U.K. and the other in Canada.</p>
<p>How it Works</p>
<p>For a Smart Redirection Attack, the fraudster creates a number of similar phishing websites based at different locations. All of the emails received by consumers contain links to web sites that direct the victim to an IP address that hosts the 'smart redirector'. When the potential victim clicks on the link, the 'redirector' checks all related phishing websites, identifies which sites are still live, and invisibly redirects the user to one of them.</p>
<p>The Thinking Behind the Scam</p>
<p>Fraudsters are aware that once a user identifies the site as fraudulent, he or she will report the site's address. Then there's a good chance that someone will shut it down. If the fraudster has used a single address for an entire batch of emails, the entire mailing list directed to that site would be wasted. However, sending the redirector address (hidden from the consumer) assures that the victim will always reach a live site.</p>
<p>Naftali Bennett, senior vice president at RSA Cyota Consumer Solutions, commented: "As anti-phishing vendors become more adept at shutting down phishing websites, inevitably the fraudsters are looking at ways to minimise the effect this has on their hit rates. Analysing which websites are still live – and seamlessly redirecting users to them – seems like a good way to raise the stakes.</p>
<p>“These phishing emails look no different than any other. All the action takes place behind the scenes, so as always users need to remain vigilant. Technology also plays a big part in preventing sophisticated attacks like these, and companies like RSA Security are constantly monitoring phishing attacks and the Internet as a whole, making them increasingly adept at closing fraudulent websites down – no matter how many the fraudster has created."</p>
<p>About RSA Security Inc.
RSA Security Inc. is the expert in protecting online identities and digital assets. The inventor of core security technologies for the Internet, the Company leads the way in strong authentication and encryption, bringing trust to millions of user identities and the transactions that they perform. RSA Security’s portfolio of award-winning identity &amp; access management solutions helps businesses to establish who’s who online – and what they can do.</p>
<p>With a strong reputation built on a 20-year history of ingenuity, leadership and proven technologies, we serve approximately 20,000 customers around the globe and interoperate with more than 1,000 technology and integration partners. For more information, please visit www.rsasecurity.com</p>
<p>Media Conact:
Belinda Cotter
Kinetics Pty Ltd
02 9212 3848
belinda@kinetics.com.au</p>

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