[LMB] LIST BIZ: Phishing

Harvey Fishman fishman at panix.com
Wed Apr 29 20:28:48 BST 2020


I haven't noticed more than usual, but I am getting a lot more robocalls 
than usual. Since I don't answer the phone unless I recognize the 
number, it does not make much difference to me.

Harvey

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From: "Zan Lynx" <zlynx at acm.org>
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To: lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk
Sent: 4/29/2020 11:34:54 AM
Subject: Re: [LMB] LIST BIZ: Phishing

>On 4/29/20 9:03 AM, WILLIAM A WENRICH wrote:
>>Is anyone else experiencing a big increase in phishing attacks? I’ve
>>been getting several a day. I never click on a link and always report
>>them. I have never heard of anyone being punished for phishing. I
>>could think of some appropriate punishments. Fines of a dollar and
>>jail time for every call or email come to mind. I’m not sure about
>>lashes.
>
>My spam filter kills a bunch every day. I do get a few every week, but it doesn't seem to be more than usual.
>
>Weirdly enough, many of the ones that get through to me come via open-source mailing lists, like for the GCC compiler. Those are so obviously phishing that I don't understand how the phisher expects to succeed. But then, it's probably all automated on their end.
>
>It is far too difficult to track down and punish the phishers. I suppose it might happen once in a while. But most of those emails are sent from compromised machines which are only used for a short period of time. It is nearly impossible to track back from there to the actual phisher. Also, the group that cracked the machines is often just selling access to their machine collection to the phishers. That adds yet another layer between the email you reported and the actual sender.
>
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