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May 21st, 2008

Apple iTunes Users Are Targeted By Phishers

Phishers have started targeting users of Apple Inc.’s iTunes music store with sophisticated identity theft attacks. According to e-mail security vendor Proofpoint Inc., many users recieved spam with messages telling them that they must correct a problem with their iTunes account. A link in the spam leads to a site posing as an iTunes billing update page.

This fake page asks for information, including credit card number and security code, Social Security number and mother’s maiden name. The theft attempt is a new addition to companies and brands like like PayPal, eBay and Citibank, which are constantly attacked by phishers.

Users who receive an e-mail with a link to a site requesting personal financial information, should be very cautious about proceeding. Bookmark or type in the URLs for sites containing financial information, such as your bank or e-commerce sites like iTunes. Never visit the links you receive in an unsolicited e-mail.

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